Professional Development

Professional Development2023-03-23T17:54:00+00:00


In today’s facilities management environment, it is not only important to be an effective supervisor, but leadership skills are necessary for building a dedicated, enthusiastic workgroup and organization.Definition of Leadership: Ability to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward the effectiveness and success of the organizations of which they are members.Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to “win” as a team or an organization. Leaders set direction and build an inspiring vision.

The fundamental expectations of leaders are

  • Know yourself and seek self-improvement
  • Demonstrate technical and professional competence
  • Set the example
  • Seek responsibility, and take responsibility for your actions
  • Make sound and timely decisions
  • Set and enforce standards; ensure tasks and functions are understood and accomplished
  • Keep subordinates informed, and help them to grow professionally

APPA’s Leadership Academy is at the heart of leadership development training for facilities managers.

Strategic Management

An effective facilities management professional must have both a strategy, and, at the same time, be strategic. The daily grind of being responsive to the day-to-day wants and needs of the university and all its constituencies can be overwhelming just to keep up. However, a well-planned strategy, and well-honed strategic thinking, can help bring the bigger picture back into focus, and help keep it near the front.Developing the StrategyFacilities management professionals preside over the largest assets a college or university has in its portfolio: its land and buildings. Efficient and effective stewardship of these assets requires the facilities manager to make knowledgeable decisions. A data-driven plan that utilizes key performance indicators to assist in formulating the strategy creates a pathway to success for the campus.

In addition, engaging stakeholders, through formal and informal assessments, will assist the facilities manager in building a strategy focused on issues important to others. While the appearance of the facility is important to recruiting and retention, an effective preventive maintenance program, along with life-cycle planning, provides the framework for getting the most from your campus infrastructure while preparing for future required investment.

Being Strategic

No longer can facilities managers rely solely or exclusively on the institution’s senior leadership to provide the long-term strategy and direction. We must become partners in the planning, both physical and financial, and provide data to support our conclusions.

The facility manager needs to anticipate the future needs of the campus and develop a strategic plan supportive of these needs. Managers need to think critically and challenge the current processes and practices. We need to use all of the information available, hard data and anecdotal, to make decisions and align those decisions with the long-term goals and objectives for the institution.

The Benefits of ERAPPA

 ERAPPA educational and professional development opportunities, as well as networking, can assist with both the strategy, and being strategic, for you and your institution. We encourage both new and seasoned facilities managers to take advantage of all that ERAPPA has to offer in an effort to guide your campus both today and tomorrow.