Developing the Effective Technical Leader

Are you ready for higher levels of responsibility, greater success with your teams?

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Upcoming dates

Fall 2023 Short Course

October 17-18 in Bloomington, IN

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Program schedule

Morning sessions

  • Introduction
  • Leader effectiveness
  • Professional competence
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Self-reflection and constructive feedback

Lunch and networking

Afternoon sessions

  • Professional development
  • Feedback on leadership style and effectiveness
  • Addressing unwanted or unacceptable behavior
  • High-performing teams

Evening reception and networking

Morning sessions

  • Problem-solving in a complex world
  • Reimagining conflict
  • New strategies for conflict

Lunch and networking

Afternoon sessions

  • When things go sideways
  • Mental models
  • Addressing complex environments
  • Making the Commitment to Lead Communities of Practice

  • Community of Practice: Meet on schedule as agreed to by team members
  • Live virtual follow-up 1: 30 days after program completion
  • Live virtual follow-up 2: 60 days after program completion

Integrated curriculum

The course is presented on two consecutive days on the IU Bloomington campus, with two hour-long post-program sessions being offered virtually. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to meet in small groups virtually after the program in a Community of Practice to assist with the application of what participants learned after returning to their jobs.

Peter A. DeLisle

Peter A. DeLisle, PhD has extensive experience helping engineers and other technical professionals learn how to integrate interpersonal and business skills into more effective management and leadership practices. His human resources experience includes roles at two high-tech firms—operating division personnel manager at Hewlett Packard, and vice president for human resources at Convex Computer Corporation. He served as a program manager and senior associate at the Center for Creative Leadership, and as an organizational development consultant to the National Science Foundation.

Over the last 25 years, he has worked extensively with engineers, architects, computer scientists, and a broad range of technical managers and professionals. He was the first holder of the Severns Chair in Human Behavior in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. He has worked with several nationally recognized colleges of engineering to design curriculum to assist engineers and engineering students in developing critical leadership competencies.

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