Stepping Into Technical Leadership Programme (Modular)
From Technician to Leader: Technicians’ Essentials Programme
Type of Course:
Modular Leadership Development Programmes
This programme is for technicians aspiring to supervisory / management roles. The programme will be designed to develop the skills that will help delegates to successfully make this transition and to be effective in their new roles.
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Aims and Objectives
Transitioning from a technical role to a leadership role is one of the biggest, and most challenging leaps you can make in the workplace. Leadership requires a different set of behaviours and a different way of thinking, so it’s now your job to grow and evolve.
This programme of workshops is targeted at individuals who are stepping into leadership roles for the first time. Even for the most gifted individuals, the process of becoming a leader is a challenging, albeit rewarding, journey of continuous learning and self-development. The initial challenge along the path is so fundamental that we often overlook it: becoming a leader for the first time.
This transition has become even more challenging since 2020 and the sudden shift to hybrid and virtual working. The development of trust-building and communications skills have become even more essential in this new working world.
This programme of workshops focuses on some of the key differences between being a team member / technician and leading a team. It looks at the psychological transition and difference in focus and time allocation that new leaders often find most challenging. The workshops are stimulating and aim to engage delegates in varied activities and discussions.
By the end of the programme, delegates will be able to step into a leadership role with confidence, self-awareness and the skills needed to be a successful leader.
By the end of the programme, delegates will have:
Identified their expectations and the expectations of others regarding your new role as a leader.
Identified some of the most significant mindset changes they will be required to make when stepping up from a technician to leader.
Reviewed the functional, technical and leadership skills leaders are expected to demonstrate and identified their greatest development needs.
Developed some of the core leadership skills required to be successful.
Identified (and discussed with colleagues) the emotional challenges associated with the transition into a leadership role.
Created an action plan to set you up for success as a manager.
The course will be a series of online workshops lasting 3 hours. Delegates will be in a cohort of fellow learners with the intention that they will remain and learn together throughout the programme.
Programme workshop details 2023/2024:
Pre-work Questionnaire (07/02/2024)
Programme introduction (28/02/2024): This session is to set out the programme, to contract with the group and set out mutual expectations for engagement, attendance, pre-work, follow-up, application, accountability groups etc. This is a 2-hour session delivered online.
From "doing to leading" (20/03/2024): This session will look at the practical and mindset changes involved in going from an individual contributor to a leader and how to successfully deal with this transition. This will be a 3-hour online module.
Courageous Conversations (10/04/2024): This session will look at the skills that many leaders find most challenging - having difficult conversations with their team members whilst maintaining positive working relationships. This will be a 3-hour online module.
Mental Wellbeing - You and Your Team (01/05/2024): This session will look at the key warning signs of stress and mental burnout and would give the delegates tools to manage this for themselves and their teams (whilst signposting professional sources of support). This will be a 3-hour online module.
Managing Change (15/05/2024): This session will be about understanding change, and helping new leaders guide their colleagues through it as painlessly as possible. This will be a 3-hour online module.
Programme close (05/06/2024): This session will look back over the modules covered, encourage the delegates to reflect and inspire continuing professional development and learning. This will be a 2-hour session delivered online.
Programme Dates 2023/2024
Cohort 2 (book now):
07/02/2024 - Pre-work questionnaire.
28/02/2024 - This is a 2-hour session delivered online.
20/03/2024 - This will be a 3-hour online module.
10/04/2024 - This will be a 3-hour online module.
01/05/2024 - This will be a 3-hour online module.
15/05/2024 - This will be a 3-hour online module.
05/06/2024 - This is a 2-hour session delivered online.
Cohort 1 (fully booked):
01/11/2023 - Pre-work questionnaire.
06/12/2023 - This is a 2-hour session delivered online.
10/01/2024 - This will be a 3-hour online module.
31/01/2024 - This will be a 3-hour online module.
21/02/2024 - This will be a 3-hour online module.
13/03/2024 - This will be a 3-hour online module.
17/04/2024 - This is a 2-hour session delivered online.
The workshops are scheduled at least three weeks apart to allow delegates sufficient time for reflection, application, and practice of the learning. However, there is flexibility in this delivery pattern to accommodate other commitments or priorities.