Use the SharePoint Leadership connection site template

The Leadership connection site template is a communication site designed to serve as an internal home page for your leadership team. Build community and culture by connecting leadership and team members in engaging conversation, events, and news.

In this article, you can learn how to use the elements that are on the SharePoint Leadership connection site template and how you can customize the site to make it your own. 

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Site features

  • Customizable site that comes with pre-populated images, web parts, and content to inspire site editors when making customizations to fit the need of your organization.

  • Pre-populated pages and web parts that showcase leadership teams and engagement opportunities.

  • Yammer Conversations web part to enable others to participate in Yammer conversations without leaving your SharePoint page.

Notes: 

  • Some functionality is introduced gradually to organizations that have opted into the Targeted release program. This means that you may not yet see this feature, or it may look different than what is described in the help articles.

  • When you apply a template to an existing site, your content will not automatically merge with the new template. Instead, existing content will be stored as a duplicate page in Site contents

First, follow instructions on how to add the template to a new or existing site.

Note: You must have site owner permissions to add this template to your site. 

Explore pre-populated site content, web parts, and pages and decide what site customizations will be necessary to align with your organization's brand, voice, and overall business objective. 

Pre-populated site pages:

  • Home page - Provides a landing place for viewers to engage in leadership news, events, conversation and learn more about leadership and vision.

  • Our mission and goals - Introduction to organizational values and leadership principals. Customize this page by editing the Image, Text, and News web parts.

  • Leadership team - Overview of leadership teams and biographies. Customize this page by editing the Image and Text web parts.

  • CEO Patti Fernandez – Engage in conversations with leadership and learn more about the CEO. Customize this page by editing the Image and Text web parts.

Once you've added the Leadership connection site template, it's time to customize it and make it your own. 

Note: You must have site owner permissions to add this template to your site. 

  1. Share organizational vision and news - Use the Hero web part to emphasize news, announcements, and leadership opportunities.

  2. Engage employees in conversations with leaders - Use the Yammer Conversations web part to connect teams to each other, interest groups, and employee communications.

  3. Build interest about upcoming events - Use the Countdown web part to build anticipation about upcoming events and projects.

  4. Promote upcoming events - Use the Events web part to help other understand and participate in upcoming event opportunities.

  5. Showcase leader profiles - Use the Text and Image web parts to showcase teams, leadership profiles, and related content.

  6. Display relevant leadership news - Use the News web part to display leadership news.

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Customize your site's look, site navigation, web parts, and content to fit the needs of your viewers and of the organization. When making customizations, ensure the site is in edit mode by selecting Edit in the top right of the site. As you work, Save as a draft, or Republish changes to make edits visible to viewers.

1. Edit the Hero web part to highlight organizational vision

Image of the news web part on the leadership site template

  1. Begin by selecting the Hero web part and select Edit.

  2. Then, choose the Layer and Tile options that best fits the organization’s needs.

Learn more about editing the Hero web part.

2. Edit the Yammer Conversations web part to connect teams and leaders

Image of the Yammer web part on the leadership site template

Notes: 

  • The Yammer Conversations web part will only appear if your organization has a license for Yammer.

  • The Yammer Conversations web part uses the original domain name (example, contoso.onmicrosoft.com) and cannot be used when the SharePoint site uses a vanity domain name.

  1. Begin by selecting the Yammer Conversations web part and choose Edit.

  2. Then, select a Conversation source - either Group, User, Topic, or Feed.

  3. In Search for a source, enter the name of the group, user, or topic.

  4. In Number of conversations to show, select 2, 4, 6, or 8, based on how much room you want this web part to take up on your page.

Learn more about using the Yammer Conversations web part. 

3. Edit the Countdown web part to build anticipation

Image of the countdown web part on the leadership site template

  1. Begin by selecting the Countdown web part and choose Edit.

  2. Then, select the Date and time, specify a Call to Action, and update the Background image.

Learn more about using the Countdown web part.

4. Edit events in the Events web part to display upcoming events

Image of the events web part on the leadership site template

  1. Begin by selecting the Events web part and choose Edit.

  2. Next, determine the event Source and Layout.

  3. To add or edit events, navigate to the Event web part and select + Add event.

Learn more about using and editing the Events web part.

5. Edit the Image web parts to display leader profiles

Image of the people profiles web part on the leadership site template

  1. Begin by selecting the Image web part and choose Edit.

  2. Select Change and upload an image.

  3. Choose to remove the text over the image by turning the toggle On or Off or edit the text be selecting the text box.

Learn more about editing, cropping, and resizing images using the Image web part.

6. Edit the News web part to highlight organizational news

Image of the hero web part on the leadership site template

  1. Begin by selecting the News web part and choose Edit.

  2. Then, select the news Source.

  3. Select the Layout, Viewing options, and Filter that best displays the members of the organization’s team.

  4. In the Organize section, determine the order in which the news should be displayed.

Learn more about the News web part

Customize the following pages within the site:

Image of the pages on the leadership site template

  • Our mission and goals - Customize this page by editing the Image, Text, and News web parts.

  • Leadership team - Customize this page by editing the Image and Text web parts.

  • CEO Patti Fernandez –  Customize this page by editing the Image and Text web parts.

Customize the look and site navigation:

Before you share your site with others, put the finishing touches on your site by ensuring users can find the site, navigate through links and pages easily, and quickly access content on the site.

Share your site with others after you've customized your site, reviewed it, and published the final draft. 

  1. Select Share site from the right hand corner.

  2. In the Share site pane, enter the names of people you want to share the site with. You can choose Everyone (except external users) if you would like everyone in your organization to have access to the school landing site. The default permission level is Read only.

  3. Get help managing your site by adding site owners and members who will have permission to edit site content.

    Adding a person in the Share site pane

  4. Enter an optional message to send with the email notification that will be sent when the site is shared, or clear the Send email checkbox if you don't want to send an email.

  5. Select Share.

After you create and launch your site, the next important phase is maintaining site content. Ensure you have a plan to keep content and web parts up to date. 

Site maintenance best practices:

  • Plan for site maintenance - Establish a schedule to review the site content as often as needed to ensure content is still accurate and relevant.

  • Regularly post news - Distribute the latest announcements, information, and status across the organization.  Learn how to add a News post on a team site or communication site, and show others who will be posting announcements how they can use SharePoint news.

  • Check links and web parts - Keep links and web parts updated to ensure you are leveraging the full value of your site.

  • Use analytics to improve engagement - View site usage by using the built-in usage data report to get information on popular content, site visits, and more.

  • Periodically review your site settings - Once you've created a site in SharePoint, you can make changes to the settings, site information, and permissions for the site.

More customization resources

Learn more about planning, building, and maintaining SharePoint sites.

See more SharePoint site templates.

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