Getting Started

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker

With the opportunity to manage and lead comes great responsibility. Managing and leading can be hard work, but a good plan and the right resources can make it easier.  In this section you will find helpful tips to start putting together your personal leadership plan, and you will find resources to help you maximize your impact in your position.

Leaders and managers support Baylor University's mission by fostering a caring community through providing coaching, feedback, and seeking learning opportunities for their employees. Through these core actions, employees are better equipped to succeed in their personal and professional lives.  

Introduction to Management

Every manager must perform a few key elements well to be an effective leader.  Successful managers must be able to set a course, build a team, develop their employees, and produce results.  If you are a new manager, it is likely some or all of these functions may be new to you.  To jumpstart your success as a manager, we recommend you register for the Leadership Essentials class through Baylor Compass. (info on how to sign up) 

Faith and Leadership

Baylor's unique mission provides managers and leaders the opportunity to integrate faith in every aspect of their work. We enthusiastically embrace the spiritual component of leadership, as we guide, develop, and care for those God has entrusted us to manage and lead.   

Things Managers Should Know

Part of the responsibility that comes with being a manager is that there are certain things every manager needs to learn.  


Managers and leaders are expected to apply the principles outlined in Baylor's Leadership Commitments and Core Commitments. As stewards of the Baylor mission, our Core Commitments were developed to ensure that these values are maintained at the core of who we are, how we work, and what we aspire to model to the students whom we are called to serve. For all those serving in management roles, Leadership Commitments reflect the dedication to uphold the University’s standards of excellence, further the development of our employees, and enhance the ways in which we build our caring community.

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Performance Management

For Staff

In support of Illuminate and judicious stewardship, employees identify improvements to increase efficiencies, integrate assessment into decision-making, and continue faculty and staff development. This is accomplished through a collaborative, ongoing process of performance management whereby managers and employees plan for, develop, and evaluate the employee’s work. These conversations take place throughout the year, and each spring we engage in a formal process to document this ongoing interaction - the Performance Feedback Process. 

For Faculty

Faculty Evaluation methods vary depending on the type of faculty and tenure. Academic Leaders should refer to the Faculty Handbook and coordinate with the Provost's Office. In addition, the Provost's Administrative Resources webpage provides a library of documents and links to get started.