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Making the Shift from Technical Expert to Organizational Leader

When contemplating transitions in their careers, most individuals are uncertain about how to move beyond roles based primarily on their expertise into those with broader exposure and organizational impact. Get a roadmap for the skills, competencies and experiences you’ll need to successfully transition from a position as a content/technical expert into leadership.

This course can be applied to the Emerging Leaders Certificate.

Who Should Attend

Individual contributors in such roles as R&D, IT, engineering and finance, where there is an emphasis on technical/content-specific expertise; managers and directors in technically-based organizations; and new managers looking to build their credibility and influence.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the four major leadership roles
  • Assess your current skills and competencies against those of the successful organizational leader
  • Create a plan for how to increase your credibility, visibility and value in your current position in order to position yourself for career advancement

Course Outline/Topics

I. Create a Context for Leadership
A) What is Leadership?
B) Leadership Roles and Responsibilities
C) The Mentoré Leadership Competency Model
D) Position Analysis

II. Making the Shift into Organizational Leadership Positions
A) Building a Base of Credibility
B) Understanding Motivation
C) Two Faces of Power
D) Making The Shift
E) The Shift to Credibility
F) The “Emotional Connection”
G) Relationship Management Strategy
H) Increasing Organizational Impact
I) Leadership Style
J) Adapting Style
K) Summary

III. Conflict Management Approaches
A) When to Use the Five Conflict Management Approaches
B) Constructive Feedback—Coaching
C) Common Forms of Defensiveness
D) Coaching Plan

Credit Notes

Recommended Credit Hours: 0.65 Hours

All sessions are Face-to-Face unless otherwise noted.

Tue., Mar. 29


Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Alan Patterson


$345 if you register by Tue., Mar. 15.
$395 if you register after Tue., Mar. 15.

Discounts Available

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Early Registration Discount Register by Tue., Mar. 15 and receive $50 off.

Register two or more people and receive $50 off of the current price per registration. Use discount code GROUP.

Early registration discounts will subtract automatically from the fee if the registration is submitted prior to the deadline. All other discounts require the code in the left column to be entered on the registration form. Only one discount code can be entered on a registration form.


Discounts Available

Enrollment Limit: 30

Program Number: 5050-8703

Registration Deadline: Tue., Mar. 29

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