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How To Improve Your Tech Leadership & Communication

Mark Farragher, Microsoft Certified Trainer

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21 Videos (4h 18m)
    • Six Tools For Healthy Leadership & Communication

    • Course introduction

    • Leadership roles

    • The solution architect

    • The SVP of engineering

    • The CTO

    • How to deal with criticism and defensiveness

    • How to deal with contempt and stonewalling

    • How to use power in a healthy way

    • How to avoid power traps and power games

    • How to avoid consensus and groupthink

    • Anti-pattern #1: intellectual violence

    • Anti-pattern #2: irrational management

    • Anti-pattern #3: smoke and mirrors

    • Tool #1: empower the introverts

    • Tool #2: create team alignment

    • Tool #3: ask the five whys

    • Tool #4: build creative cultures

    • Tool #5: become a service designer

    • Tool #6: practice healthy decision making

    • Course recap


About This Class


Leadership in tech is often ignored until it is too late. We all start out as junior developers or engineers, and slowly work our way up the corporate ladder. Then one day we open our eyes and look around, and we realize we're in charge of the team, a product, or the entire organization.

For some of us this leadership comes naturally, while for others it's a daily struggle. You might be thinking that leadership is something you're born with, but nothing could be further from the truth. 

Great leadership is a skill, just like coding and engineering, and it can be learned. 

Sonsoles and Mark spent many years working in tech organizations, some great, others not so much. Over the years they realized they were seeing the same toxic leadership patterns over and over. We call these patterns Managerial Anti-Patterns, and they arise out of weak personal power, a toxic communication style, or both.   

Being aware of these anti-patterns is the first step on your journey to become an outstanding tech leader.

If you want to become immune to these anti-patterns, you must first master a solid foundation of skills and tools. Sonsoles and Mark will teach you how to improve your communication, cultivate your personal power, and change your daily habits from the inside out, to become a powerful tech leader and achieve career success.

You'll learn to harness six tools of effective leadership and communication: use Introvert Superpowers, Align your team, Question assumptions, Embrace creativity, Become a Service Designer, and practice Healthy Decision Making.

With these tools you will:

  • Gain a robust understanding of what it takes to be an effective leader

  • Learn actionable tools to shift your mindset into a leadership mindset

  • Embrace the role of Service Designer and let your team lead you to success

In the demanding, ever-changing workplaces of today, it’s not enough to be a manager. You must truly learn how to be a leader - someone who influences and transforms how others feel about themselves and the work they do.

Take action and learn how to harness the power of healthy tech leadership today!





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Mark Farragher

Microsoft Certified Trainer

Mark Farragher is a blogger, investor, serial entrepreneur, and the author of 11 successful Udemy courses. He has been a Founder and CTO, and has launched two startups in the Netherlands. Mark became a Microsoft Certified Trainer in 2005. Today he uses his extensive knowledge to help tech professionals with their leadership, communication, and technical skills.

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