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Leadership for Engineers


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
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
  • 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

What’s Included

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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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. Contact us to schedule or discuss your situation.
Many useful concepts. The workbook provides an outline that can be applied on the job.

Garth Weber, Mechanical Engineer

Cardinal Health

Excellent course. Concepts were clearly presented - easy to understand. I will recommend to my engineering team.

Chatree Sitalasai, Engineering Supervisor

NMB Technologies

Practical advice for anyone in business or leadership. Exercises were very helpful. Instructor with real experience makes a big difference!

Mel Greenberg, Manager

Portland General Electric

Great information, delivery, and discussions.

Dwaine Gilmer, Escalation Engineer

Microsoft Corp.

Great job of tailoring the basic concepts to the specifics of each attendee.

Mark Johnson, VP of Marketing

Instantiations, Inc.

A '10' in terms of content and presentation. Very interactive and useful right away.

Sushil Nema, Engineer

Triquint Semiconductor

Gary is one of those rare people that combines engineering expertise with exceptional administrative, people, and management skills.

Mike Anderson

Technology Executive

The course content and examples were valuable. Good interaction between the presenter and students. It was well worth the cost and my time away from work!

Paul L. Fernandez, Jr., Sr. Engineer

Mitsubishi Digital

The best part was how to sell an idea to executives. Very useful tips and I can see mistakes I made in the past.

T. Fisher

US Navy

This program opened my eyes to new approaches to manage innovation. Well done and a lot of material in a short time.


Chris Fisher

3D Printing

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