Leading engineers requires personal leadership. In addition to paying attention to the goal to be achieved and setting priorities, you also need to know how engineers think. By speaking the other one’s language you can give positive direction and let the team grow. But how do you approach this effectively, in the sometimes unruly practice? We recently spoke to the participants of the latest edition of the Managing engineers course.
Why did you choose this course?
Dirk Boumans (VMengineering): “I have been a team leader within my organization for four years now. This is mostly based on gut feeling and common sense. After those 4 years, it felt right to gain more background and insight into this role: how do certain things actually work? A colleague of mine had previously followed the Personal leadership course at PAOTM.”
Isaac Barendregt (Ministry of Defence): “I work at the Ministry of Defense as a project engineer and want to focus more on line management and management of technicians. This course was in line with this ambition.”
What do you think characterizes leading technical professionals?
Johan Exalto (Snetselaar Constructieve Engineers): “In my opinion, engineers are more focused on content. They are also often more subdued and introverted.”
Edward Koolmees (Mobilis): “When you talk about building strong professional relationships, which is actually the basis of leadership, I don't see a direct difference between engineers and non-engineers. This foundation of leadership, as we have learned it in this course, is, in my view, universally applicable. So regardless of the field. You always lead people. In order to get things done, managing relationships is necessary.”
Joost van Heijst (VMengineering): “The added value of a training like this is that you gain insight into the way of approaching technicians. How to do this better. Technicians are different from people in healthcare or education, for example. So: the basics are the same, with an important place for trust and strengthening professional relationships with each other. And you build those relationships with technicians in a different way. That is what makes this training so meaningful to me.”
How did you like the course?
Teun Termeer (VMengineering): “I liked the setting of the training. With a group that is not too large, there is plenty of room for personal attention. Ale looks closely at the group. He determines what the group needs based on this. In addition, it is nice that there is also space between the classroom components to move and go outside. That worked well to allow the exercises to sink in for a while in a different environment.”
How did you like the composition and dynamics of the group?
Edward Koolmees (Mobilis): “I liked the diverse composition of the group. Good to learn from each other's experiences. During the training you will hear issues that are common between all organizations. Regardless of the size of the company.”
Isaac Barendregt (Ministry of Defence): “I consciously opted for external training, because it seemed instructive to follow such training with people not only from my own organization, but especially from other organizations as well.”
Can you name a gained insight or skill that you will later take with you in your daily practice?
Joost van Heijst (VMengineering): “What I think is great about this course is that you get tools that you can apply almost immediately. In this respect, this course differs from previous training courses I have followed in the field of personal effectiveness.”
Isaac Barendregt (Ministry of Defence): “A valuable learning point for me was that managing people should not only take place on a substantive level, but above all also on a human level. I was not sufficiently aware of this prior to the course.
Teun Termeer (VMengineering): “This course really holds a mirror up to you. You learn to look at yourself in a different way.”
Do you also want to become more skilled in directing others and achieve better results together with them?
With the Leading Engineers course, you work closely together for four days. The design is small-scale and aimed at personal deepening and practical application. Register for the next edition starting on May 12, 2022.