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Developing Technical Leaders Program

Technical leadership is different from generic leadership, so learning to do it is different as well.  

I have spent more than a decade working to understand the best ways to grow technical leaders.  It required careful thinking about the work of technical groups, the people who choose technical careers, and how they can best learn while continuing to be productive in their current jobs.  The Developing Technical Leaders Program (DTL) is the result of that work.

What is the Developing Technical Leaders Program?

DTL is an intense, focused, six-month program designed to help enhance the management and leadership abilities of practicing technical managers. DTL helps prepare the next generation for the real-world challenges of technical leadership.

Although the program lasts six months, participants need only be away from the office for six days, two at the beginning, two at the end, and two in the middle. The rest of the program is conducted through electronic communications, self-study, introspection and writing.

DTL Offers High Potential Managers:

DTL Offers Participants' Organizations:

Participants learn in a number of ways:

What Makes the Developing Technical Leaders Program Different From Other Leadership Development Programs?

DTL differs from traditional leadership development in two key ways.

1. Program Structure

DTL is built around a unique model of learning, designed to bring both short and long term benefits to both participants and their technical organizations. Specifically:




















2. Program Content: The Six R Model

DTL is not a generic leadership program.  DTL is specifically designed for the unique challenges of technical leadership.

These challenges include:

Specifically, the program is organized around the "Six R Model" a series of lenses through which technical managers may view their current and future roles. Each offers insights into the actions they must take, the relationships they must build, the things they must accomplish, the responsibilities they must accept and the manner in which these things must be done.

Specifically, the program is broken down into the following modules:

Who is the Developing Technical Leaders Program for?

DTL is designed for a group of 10-25 people.  It is ideally suited for some combination of:

Can the Developing Technical Leaders Program be customized?

Yes.  DTL can be customized to the specific needs of your organization.

How to get started

To explore whether DTL would be appropriate and valuable for your organization, contact Paul Glen for a personal consultation by calling 310-694-0450 or emailing at the address below.

Developing Technical Leaders

Typical Leadership Development Programs

Integrates learning into the work environment.

Remove managers from the workplace to learn in an artificial environment.

Focuses on more than managerial skills.  Encourages the development of a managerial mindset.

Focus exclusively on skills and behaviors.

Extends learning over long period to allow for absorption and integration.

Take place over a short period demonstrating that managerial reflection is an occasional activity. 

Keeps managers in the office, helping them learn as they work.

Require extended absences.

Combines learning from both academic theory and practical experience.

Primarily teach theory.

Teaches managers that they can continuously learn in their everyday work environment.

Teach managers that learning is an isolated activity, unrelated to managerial practice.