From Technical Expert to Strategic Leader

Making the shift from the role of technical expert to leader requires a unique set of skills, behaviors and routines. This shift is often viewed as a leap as the individual moves from individual accomplishment and achievement to influence and team performance. During this course, you will discuss, reflect and learn how to do the following:

  • Describe the four stages of leader evolution and the shifts in perspective, skill, behaviors and routines.
  • Define how to build a base of leader influence through trust and credibility.
  • Discuss the skills, routines and techniques needed to build organizational conditions and systems.
  • Think and behave at a more strategic level.

Instructor

Nick Pretasky

Nick Pretasky

Nick Pretasky found his leadership roots as he was trained in outdoor leadership at Southern Cross University in New South Wales, Australia. He worked as an outdoor leader and wilderness guide from Maine to Alaska. This is where he founded ... read more

Who Should Attend

  • Project managers
  • Business analysts
  • Information technology professionals
  • Engineers
  • Product developers
  • Managers in technical environments
  • Anyone interested in building organizational influence

 

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the four stages of leader evolution and the shifts in perspective, skill, behaviors and routines
  • Define how to build a base of leader influence through trust and credibility
  • Discuss the skills, routines and techniques needed to build stronger organizational conditions and systems
  • Think and behave at a more strategic level
  • Reflect on personal leader influence and growth opportunities
  • Develop specific next steps for continued leader development

Course Outline/Topics

Develop a context for your leadership

  • Job context and performance standards (What and How)
  • People and relationships (Who)
  • Leadership shift and journey from technical expert
  • The role of technical expertise in leadership

Build competence of credibility and relational trust

  • Skills of effective communication and influence
  • Trust and psychological safety behaviors and routines
  • Active and conflict listening
  • Relationship management strategy

Fostering a strong culture of ownership, team trust and performance

  • Leading a successful team
  • Effective organizational conditions and alignment
  • Ownership for accountability
  • Understanding and leading through motivation
  • Delegation mindset
  • The role of leader as coach
  • Leading vs managing

Communicate and work as a strategic leader

  • The power of vision, belief and purpose
  • Making the leap to strategic leader
  • Strategic communication

Testimonials

"I learned specific approaches and skills that can be applied on the job."  —  Andrew Manz, Duncan Solutions

Date: Tue & Thu October 15-24, 2024

Delivery Method: Live Online

Platform: Zoom

Instructor: Nick Pretasky

Fee:

$845 by Sept 30, 2024
$895 after Sept 30, 2024

CEUs: 1.4, PD Hours: 14, CDUs: 14

Enrollment Limit: 24

Program Number: 5050-16172

Note: This class meets on Tuesday, Oct 15; Thursday, Oct 17; Tuesday, Oct 22; and Thursday, Oct 24 from 9am–12pm

Registration Deadline: Oct 13, 2024

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