Leadership for Engineers Workshops


Our Leadership for Engineers workshops are typically scheduled for small groups within the same company as a series of 2-hour online sessions with a workshop leader who has an extensive engineering leadership background. Workshop duration can range from just four hours with pre-work and post-work to learn fundamentals, to a total of 16 or more hours for comprehensive learning. In-person sessions can be arranged for up to 25 participants, ranging from one-to-three days depending on content.

A key aspect of our workshops is a facilitated leadership development plan, where each participant concludes with an action plan for achieving business goals and developing specific abilities needed to achieve those goals. A series of self assessments aid in determining priorities for developing leadership competencies.

Real-world product development examples and case studies are used extensively to reinforce key learning points. Since 2002, thousands of engineering leaders have benefitted from our workshops, with a general appreciation of the real-world examples, experienced instructors, and the practical approach centered around facilitating their development plans.

Learning Objectives

The primary desired outcomes for participants are:

  • Become more influential
  • Improve ability to lead projects and teams
  • Identify leadership development goals specific to their needs
  • Gain support for ideas that will benefit your company
  • Build rapport with managers and peers
  • Improve team and stakeholder communication

Workshop Topics

The following outline is an example of topics often covered:

What is Leadership?

  • Characteristics of a Great Leader

  • Influence Without Authority
  • How Leadership Facilitates Good Management
  • Leadership Myths and Misconceptions

Overcoming Leadership Challenges in Technical Environments

  • Understanding Your Audience
  • Perception About Benefits
  • Getting Support for New Ideas
  • Understanding Management’s Perspective

Differences Between Leadership and Management

  • Leadership and Management Call on Different Abilities
  • Warren Bennis’ Perspective
  • Management Skills Relevant to All Engineers

Communication Strategies

  • Becoming a Better Listener
  • Fulfilling Interests and Engaging Your Audience
  • Inspiring Action
  • Addressing Diverse Communication Needs
  • Communicating a Vision
  • Goal-Oriented Communication

The Art of Influence

  • Opportunities for Building Rapport
  • Building Rapport with Managers
  • Helping Others to See Your View
  • Give, Take and Compromise
  • Dealing With Conflict

Building Trust and Respect

  • Overcoming Teamwork Obstacles
  • 20 Elements of Trust and Respect
  • John Maxwell’s Five Levels of Leadership

Let’s Make Things Happen

Contact us today for a complimentary consultation to discuss your group’s leadership development objectives.