Product Development Leadership

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Building Key Characteristics for Influential Leadership


Building Key Characteristics for Influential Leadership


This expert-level course builds on your experience applying leadership fundamentals. In a senior leadership role, which could be executive leader, chief technologist, or a senior engineering role with substantial responsibility, the common denominator is people look to you to set an example and they have high expectations. Success depends on leadership focus in the right areas, delegating effectively, and not worrying about things that just don’t matter much. In this course we explore focus areas that are typically critical, and we’ll discuss your specific challenges to help you work on leadership traits that matter most.

The balanced skillset needed in a senior leadership role must emphasize communication skills, business acumen, and just enough technical comprehension. Many engineering leaders tend to remain overly involved in technical details, which limits capacity to develop leadership ability. You’ll utilize Auxilium’s Top-Tier Leadership tool to identify non-technical emphasis areas and develop highly focused leadership goals that will have immediate impact.

Real world examples, case studies, and interactive discussion will connect the topics to everyday job situations. You will also benefit from the instructor’s direct experience leading and managing engineering teams for over 25 years.

This course enables you to:

  • Identify important development opportunities involving communication and business acumen
  • Build a high level of trust and respect with stakeholders
  • Focus on the highest-impact results and the necessary leadership characteristics
  • Continuously reassess and adjust leadership development goals
  • Leverage delegation and negotiation skills to get results quickly and extend growth opportunities to others
  • Strengthen rapport with key personnel, customers and suppliers


Review of Leadership Fundamentals
  • Perceived trust
  • Earned respect
  • Mutual trust and respect
  • Influence with integrity
Effective Delegation
  • Managing priorities
  • Delegating management and leadership responsibilities
  • Negotiating deliverables and timelines
  • Setting commitment and accountability expectations
Balancing Skill Development
  • Why emphasis on communication skills is always important
  • The importance of business acumen for senior leaders
  • How much emphasis on technical skills as technology evolves?
  • What management duties should be delegated?
  • Top-Tier Leadership Tool
Challenges Specific to Your Environment
  • Discussion of challenges and efforts
  • Solutions brainstorming
  • Obstacles and opportunities for rapport with key stakeholders
  • Focused development plan

What’s Included

Senior Leadership Toolkit – Each participant receives a set of tools and templates that can be implemented immediately:

  • Top-Tier Leadership Tool
  • Senior Leader Development Plan Template

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for anyone in a senior technical leadership role:

  • VPs / Directors / Sr. Engineering Managers
  • Chief Technologists
  • Senior Project Leaders
  • System Architects
  • Prospective Senior Leaders


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Registration Options

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Program Leaders

Gary Hinkle

Principal Management Consultant

Engineering Leadership & Management
Agile Methods for Hardware Development
Organizational Productivity

Contact Us to Schedule​

This program can be offered online or at your company site and can be customized for your needs. Duration ranges from 4 hours online to a full day onsite, depending on implementation needs. Contact us to schedule or discuss your situation.

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With So Many Choices, Why Auxilium?

Five Reasons...

Practical, Proven Tools and Methods

Every method and tool we provide, with either a training or consulting program, has been proven in real-world projects.

Live, Experienced Consultants

You'll work directly with senior consultants who have over 20 years of R&D experience. No inexperienced trainers or fresh MBA's.

Cost Effective

As a virtual team with low overhead, you'll get the experience of a tier one consultancy group at a fraction of typical fees.

Concise, Comprehensive Programs

We focus every training or consulting program on the essential skills and implementation to get immediate results.

A Passion for Results

We understand the risk and expense of getting outside help. Our goal is to ensure you get the results you need.

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