Technical Team Leadership


Making the move from technical expert to business leader

Without the right mindset, the ability to motivate and lead people, and an operational process to get things done, technical leaders, or managers, can become overloaded and struggle with the transition from expert to leader. 

This course addresses how to enhance the effectiveness of technical expertise by becoming a business leader, whether or not you are the appointed manager.

Based on the real-world experiences of a technical expert who transitioned to the boardroom, this course will use case studies and class exercises to apply theory. The practical design of this course will benefit people who have taken on formal management roles, as well as technical experts who need to lead others.

We will cover how the workplace really operates and provide insights into what senior management is actually looking for. 

You will also learn the difference between leadership and management, and what practical steps are required to balance the two. The balance between empowered people and process is also examined to create scalable high-performance. 

This course is about fast-tracking the journey from technical expert to business leader.

All delegates will receive a copy of the latest edition of Help! They made me the MANAGER by Trevor Manning (Trevor Manning Consultancy Pty Ltd; 1st edition, 17 Sept. 2021).

Course Aims

  • Understand how the history of management shapes our current workplace
  • Learn how to balance management with leadership
  • Examine the gap between technical leader and technical expert
  • Distinguish the different behaviours required to lead or manage
  • Understand people and their personalities
  • Critique motivation techniques, and what works with smart people
  • Discover why people before process is important
  • Discover why you cannot ignore process
  • Practice an operational model to get the right things done systematically
  • Develop techniques to prioritise work to reduce work overload 
  • Learn practical tips and tricks to be an effective manager and inspirational leader

Who will benefit?

  • Technical experts moving into management
  • Technical experts who need to lead in their role
  • New managers who want to fast track their experience
  • Experienced managers who want an up-to-date refresher on leading smart people

Dates, Times and Delivery

The Technical Team Leadership course will be face-to-face between 09:00 and 17:00 each day, on Tuesday 19 November and Wednesday 20 November 2024.

This course can be taken individually, or with Technical Team Communication 21-22 November 2024, for a total discount fee of £1,750.

Programme details

Day 1 - 19 November

History of management

  • Discover how the history of management influences today’s workplace
  • Differentiate management from leadership in practice

Leadership mindset and behaviours

  • Define the leadership mindset
  • Demonstrate the requirement for leadership in all roles
  • Explore the new leadership paradigm
  • Adapt technical strengths to a leadership environment

Lead with aligned purpose

  • Learn how to plan for an unknown future
  • Consider why starting with ‘the why’ is so critical to goal setting
  • Establish how to define the true requirements   
  • Build collaborative virtual teams in a complex environment
  • Determine how to identify and engage all stakeholders (core, extended and external)
  • Define unique roles and responsibilities in a team setting
  • Identify and appraise the boundaries of ownership
  • Use a leadership framework to run an innovative initiative

Day 2 - 20 November

Understand people, personalities and motivation

  • Understand the secrets of leading smart people
  • Learn to work with different personality styles
  • Understand how to motivate smart people
  • Understand the balance between compliance versus commitment
  • Build influential relationships, not just connections
  • Networking and politics
  • Understand trust versus micromanagement in the real-world

Establish your operational process to get the right things done

  • How to stop the talking and start the doing
  • Empower people using good process
  • The key role of milestones and measures in planning complex projects
  • Define unique versus shared ownership
  • Define operational interfaces 
  • Learn to use negotiation levers of time, money, and scope

Personal and Team Development

  • Create a personal development plan for you and your team
  • Learn some daily habits that effective leaders use
  • Build some checklists to help implement the changes required to close the gap
  • Understand key traits to fast track your career

Attending Your Course 

You will need to bring either a mobile phone, iPad, or laptop to the course.
Having one of these options will enable you to engage in interactive class exercises, such as Slido and Padlet,  collaborative online tools.

Further details will be emailed to you two weeks ahead of your course, which will include registration information. 

Please get in touch if you have not received this information within five working days of the course start date.  

In the meantime, you may wish to plan your travel: Travel information 


To complete the course, you will be required to attend and participate in all of the sessions on the course in order to be considered for a certificate. Participants who complete the course will receive a link to download a University of Oxford digital certificate. Information on how to access this digital certificate will be emailed to you after the end of the course.

The certificate will show your name, the course title and the dates of the course you attended. You will also be able to download your certificate or share it on social media if you choose to do so.


Description Costs
1. Standard course fee £970.00
2. Include Technical Team Communication £1750.00


Fees include course materials, tuition, refreshments and lunches. The price does not include accommodation.

All courses are VAT exempt.

Register immediately online 

Click the “book now” button on this webpage. Payment by credit or debit card is required.

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Trevor Manning

Course Tutor

Technical Trainer and Author

Trevor Manning is a qualified telecoms engineer, who is still involved in world-leading innovation projects. He has over 30 years’ leadership experience, from technical roles, to COO roles, to advisory-board roles in the US, UK, South Africa, Italy and Australia. 
This international experience, in a variety of companies, has given him insights into how the workplace really operates. 

To lead others and achieve the right business results, as well as having influence at a technical level is a difficult balance.
Trevor developed insights and frameworks that helped to create practical management habits, and developed his inspirational leadership skills through a deep understanding of the leadership mindset. He runs a consultancy business specialising in helping engineers transition from expert practitioner to business leader.  This includes regular leadership training programs at the University of Wisconsin - Madison College of Engineering. 

Trevor lives in Brisbane, Australia. 

Berenice Manning

Learning Support Facilitator

Berenice Manning is a seasoned Learning and Development professional with a wealth of experience in the education sector. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, coupled with a high school Teaching Diploma. Before transitioning into adult education, Berenice dedicated over 20 years to teaching Science in high school. Her expertise extends to her previous role as the Leader of eLearning in a large high school, where she played a pivotal role in shaping digital learning initiatives. 

Berenice believes in using technology to enhance the learning experience and is passionate about imparting this knowledge to others. Her commitment to educational innovation led her to become a prominent advocate for the effective use of various technology platforms during training sessions, a commitment evident in the development of the highly interactive courses: Technical Team Leadership and Technical Team Communication.


If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying, please click Contact Us at the top of this page.


Although not included in the course fee, accommodation may be available at our on-site Rewley House Residential Centre. All bedrooms are en suite and decorated to a high standard, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.

To check prices, availability and to book rooms please visit the Rewley House Residential Centre website.