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Please select the start dates for your courses below.

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Effective Decision Making: Dealing with Business Complexity

Scheduled Start

2
Dealing with Power and Dynamics: Discover Your Leadership Style and Influence Stakeholders

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3
Framing Your Communication to Inspire and Convince

Program overview

The majority of challenges that organizations face are technology related. Given the growing importance of technology, the demand for leaders with an engineering background will probably rise. Already a quarter of the CEOs of the world’s 100 largest corporations have engineering degrees.

Engineers have the potential to be good leaders. They are analytical and tech-savvy. They are comfortable with figures. They often have a can-do attitude. However, these characteristics alone are not enough to make engineers effective leaders.

In this program, you will learn that a good leader needs at least three mindsets, supporting the development of essential leadership skills:

  • The analytical mindset- This mindset is about the ability to analyze complex problems and opportunities as a basis for making strategic decisions. It is about developing a strategy in a systematic way and preparing for action. This mindset taps into the strengths of engineers.
  • The influencing mindset- Designing solutions and strategies, however, is about more than analysis. In our interconnected and complex world, leaders are faced with stakeholders, both internal and external, who might have completely different views. Problems and challenges are often ambiguous. This mindset looks at all these issues and finds common ground and ways of producing willing consensus in teams and stakeholders.
  • The sensemaking mindset- The first two mindsets require a high tolerance of complexity. Leadership is also about communicating, inspiring and convincing people and teams inside and outside the organization. This mindset is about translating complexity into powerful and concise messages so people can understand and make sense of the complexity of their world.

These three mindsets are indispensable for good leaders. They sometimes conflict and they often require completely different skills. In this program, you will become familiarized with each of these mindsets and discover how they can support you as a leader.

By completing this certificate, you will improve your leadership skills through tasks that help you develop a managerial summary of a business situation analysis to inform an effective decision, use a set of cohesive strategies for dealing with stakeholders, and frame your communication.

What you will learn

  • How to apply a set of practical analytical techniques to support business planning and strategic decision making
  • How to encourage multiple stakeholders with different interests to cooperate
  • How to recognize team dynamics and handle both individual and team issues
  • How to gain support from senior management and your teams

Program Class List

1
Effective Decision Making: Dealing with Business Complexity

Course Details
Learn how to solve complex problems in a business environment using analysis-based decision making.

2
Dealing with Power and Dynamics: Discover Your Leadership Style and Influence Stakeholders

Course Details
Learn to lead teams and manage stakeholders effectively and strategically to encourage cooperation and successful performance.

3
Framing Your Communication to Inspire and Convince

Course Details
Discover how to gain support from management and motivate your teams by learning how to communicate effectively and strategically.

Meet Your Instructors

Hans de Bruijn

Professor of Public Administration in the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology Prof dr Hans de Bruijn is Professor of Public Administration in the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology. His research focuses on governance issues at the intersection of politics, management and technology, such as decision-making about large-scale infrastructure projects, the privatisation and deregulation of utilities, safety and security, river management, regulation and inspection, managing professionals and various types of government policy relating to technology.

Jet Pagnier

Jet Pagnier, MA, studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. For her Masters thesis she conducted six months of fieldwork research into the aftermath of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. She studied the role of popular tribunals, called Gacaca, a form of restorative justice that was implemented by the Rwandan government to deal with the hundreds of thousands accused of involvement in the genocide and to serve as a vehicle for national reconciliation. In 2004 she received her Masters degree for her thesis “Gacaca Tribunals. Justice and Reconciliation in Rwanda?”.

Gerdien de Vries

Assistant Professor Public Management and Organisation at Delft University of Technology Gerdien de Vries is Assistant Professor Public Management and Organisation at the department of Technology, Policy and Management. Gerdien received a Ph.D. in Social and Organizational Psychology from Leiden University and has published scientific articles on effective and ineffective leadership.

Els van Daalen

Associate Professor of Policy Analysis at Delft University of Technology Els has an MSc in mechanical engineering and holds a PhD from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands on the topic of validation of knowledge based systems. She is associate professor of policy analysis at Delft University, and has been involved in teaching and research on methods for systems and policy analysis for over 20 years.

Alexander de Haan

Business Analyst and Strategic Consultant Alexander graduated as an aerospace engineer as well as an organizational psychologist. He holds a PhD on the analysis of sustainable aircraft technology. He works from his own company as consultant, coach, trainer and business analyst.

Program endorsements

Engineers underestimate their role in shaping the future of their organizations and our world at large. It is time to step up. This Professional Certificate Program of TU Delft truly prepares engineers for managerial and leadership positions. The program addresses key challenges in making decisions regarding business strategies, managing people and influencing key stakeholders, and executing convincing and skillful communication, in situations that are often ambiguous and uncertain.

Pieter Ligthart , Consultant at Russell Reynolds Associates

Engineers underestimate their role in shaping the future of their organizations and our world at large. It is time to step up. This Professional Certificate Program of TU Delft truly prepares engineers for managerial and leadership positions. The program addresses key challenges in making decisions regarding business strategies, managing people and influencing key stakeholders, and executing convincing and skillful communication, in situations that are often ambiguous and uncertain.

Pieter Ligthart , Consultant at Russell Reynolds Associates
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Duration

4 months

Learning Partner

Delft University of Technology

Program

Leadership Essentials for Engineers

Program Type

Professional Certificate
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