Leadership for Engineers
Leadership for Engineers teaches skills needed to lead projects, drive innovation, and influence others in an engineering role or similar technical role. Participants learn the differences between leadership and management and how to develop specific leadership abilities that are important to engineers and technical professionals. The most important leadership traits that apply to engineering and technical project leadership responsibilities are emphasized. Participants engage in exercises that assess their individual leadership abilities and provide guidance for further development.
Case studies and real-life examples illustrate how the principles apply on the job. The Leadership for Engineers case studies and examples are drawn from a broad range of product development team environments at small, medium, and large companies serving many industries. You will also benefit from the instructor’s direct experience contributing to successful engineering projects for over 25 years.
Leadership for Engineers enables you to:
- Become more influential
- Improve ability to lead projects and teams
- Identify leadership development goals specific to your needs
- Get more support for ideas that will benefit your company
- Build rapport with managers and peers
- Improve team communication
What is Leadership?
- Characteristics of a great leader
- Influence without authority
- How leadership facilitates good management
- Leadership myths and misconceptions
Leadership Challenges in Engineering Environments
- Understanding your audience
- Perception about benefits
- Getting support for new ideas
- Understanding management’s perspective
- Case Study: “Wasting Time on Documentation”
Leadership vs. Management
- Leadership and management call on different abilities
- Warren Bennis’ perspective
- Management skills relevant to all engineers
- Self-assessment part one
- 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
- Self-assessment part two
- What to influence?
- Three important objectives
- Action plan
Dealing with Conflict
- Range of conflict
- Constructive, healthy conflict vs. destructive behavior
- Engaging conflict avoiders
- Ideal conflict model for innovation
Building Trust and Respect
- Overcoming teamwork obstacles
- 20 elements of trust and respect
- Maxwell’s Five Levels of Leadership
- Case studies
- Self-assessment part three
- Development plan
Leadership Toolkit – Leadership for Engineers workshop participants receive a comprehensive guidebook, case studies, assessments, a personalized development plan, and tip sheets.
Follow-up Coaching – One-on-one sessions with the instructor to ensure successful implementation of leadership goals.
Who Should Attend
This program is designed for anyone responsible for leading technical teams:
- Design Engineers
- Manufacturing Engineers
- Test Engineers
- Software/IT Developers
- Technical Marketing Engineers
- Applications/Support Engineers
- Project Leaders/Managers
- Engineering Managers/Supervisors
- Prospective Managers
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Engineering Leadership & Management
Agile Methods for Hardware Development
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Garth Weber, Mechanical Engineer
Chatree Sitalasai, Engineering Supervisor
Mel Greenberg, Manager
Portland General Electric
Dwaine Gilmer, Escalation Engineer
Mark Johnson, VP of Marketing
A '10' in terms of content and presentation. Very interactive and useful right away.
Sushil Nema, Engineer
Paul L. Fernandez, Jr., Sr. Engineer
The best part was how to sell an idea to executives. Very useful tips and I can see mistakes I made in the past.
This program opened my eyes to new approaches to manage innovation. Well done and a lot of material in a short time.