Leadership Academy

For the last nine years, FCMA has continued to develop and delivered outstanding value to our membership by offering best-in-class cost effective leadership and employee training opportunities. To date, the FCMA Leadership Academy has provided leadership training to over 800 front line supervisors, team leaders and mid-level managers as well as hands-on technical skills training to 146 line employees from 48 different member and non-member companies. The participant feedback has consistently highlighted the personal development opportunities that these programs bring to participants as well as the value gained by their companies.

For Quarter 1, we are offering the following programs:


FCMA Training Offerings

This program is designed for Front Line Supervisors, Lead Operators, Team Leaders, or future candidates for these positions who lead front-line employees/individual contributors in a manufacturing environment. The target audience for this training includes existing Front Line Supervisors, Team Leaders, Lead Operators, or future candidates for these positions. This highly successful course is designed to focus on the most critical basic leadership skills that are needed to be a successful front line supervisor or team lead. The curriculum will focus on developing the following critical leadership competencies: • Applying “Extreme Ownership” to different leadership styles and leadership behaviors. • Personal assessment and feedback on the student’s personality and leadership style (DISC). • Performance coaching for employees not meeting expectations as well as growth opportunities for employees meeting or exceeding expectations. • Building an effective team—based on the 5-Dysfunctions of a Team model by Patrick Lencioni. • How to apply different lean manufacturing and continuous improvement tools and techniques to promote critical thinking, innovation and problem solving with your team. • Understanding how labor and employment laws can impact the role of a front line supervisor or team lead, and some of the legal “do’s and don’ts related to front line leadership jobs. The classes consist of six full-day in-person sessions occurring every 2-3 weeks over a 3-month period. Class instruction will be provided by leadership training experts using group participation and interactive learning. We will also include exposure to local manufacturing plants, either by conducting classes at a plant location or providing access for plant tours. When visiting a plant, students will learn about host company businesses and observe their manufacturing best practices as well as participating in an open Q&A panel session with host company leadership team members. The program includes kick-off and culmination graduation events. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all classes. To date, over 518 students representing over 48 member companies have participated in this program. Feedback continues to confirm outstanding value to the individual students as well as the sponsoring companies. Program has been labeled as one of the premier leadership courses in NE Florida!
The Front-Line Supervisor 2 program has been developed to bridge a leadership gap that exists between our Front Line Supervisor 1 and Mid-Level Manager training classes. The curriculum is designed to build upon the leadership skills that were introduced in the Front Line Supervisor 1 program. The program will focus on critical skills including employee motivation, goal settings and developing personal accountability, performance management, team building, and managing change. During each class, students will participate in extensive exercises/practices, role-plays, and case studies to help them apply these leadership skills on the job. Each student will participate in a one-on-one coaching session that will include private feedback and coaching on their 360-feedback evaluation tool. Note that participating in the Front Line 2 program does require students to complete the Front Line I program as a prerequisite.