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Leadership for Tech and Security Professionals

Jo Stewart-Rattray
Director of Technology & Security Assurance, BRM Advisory

Workshop Outline

Leading high-performance technology and security teams to maintain organizational functionality and add strategic value to the company is no easy feat. It requires an ability to convey complex information to non-tech executives, colleagues and clients. A tech or security leader must combine an understanding of their contribution to business strategy. They must develop a workplace culture conducive to innovation but focused on results. This two-day workshop will explore strategies for creating team culture and driving performance. Participants will learn how to communicate well as a leader, engage staff and stakeholders while adding strategic value to their organizations through enhanced technology or security leadership.


Day One

The first day sessions will introduce participants to the attributes of positive leadership in a rapidly changing environment and the effect that leadership behaviour has on others.  Sessions and interactive discussions will include:


Develop self-awareness and authenticity

- Values-based leadership - what it means to be an authentic leader

- Identify your key strengths and potential de-railers as a leader

- Identify how best to utilize your optimal leadership style within the context of your organization 

High-level communication, influence and negotiation skills

- Manage emotions for positive and assertive communication and relationships

- Develop techniques of persuasion, negotiation and influencing with coaching skills and “conversational


- Prepare for and have difficult conversations with confidence


Develop self and others with “reflective leadership”

- Clarify the benefits of reflective practice in leadership

- Develop the skills and capacity for reflective practice

- Using reflective practice to influence the quality of the culture through the quality of relationships


Strategic career progression

- Everyday career management practices and creating a personal leadership plan

- Maximise existing relationships and networks and building new ones for professional opportunities

- Skills and approaches to manage your image and visibility without feeling you are “selling yourself”


Day Two

The day two sessions will introduce participants to what it means to lead organisational change and transformation, will discuss personal wellbeing and its effects on leadership.  Sessions and interactive discussions will include:


Transformational leadership strategies to accelerate team performance

- Leverage team dynamics to enhance performance

- Challenge, support and empower others

- Manage uncooperative staff members


Drive change and innovation

- Recognise and overcome hurdles to change

- Trust your intuition and step outside your comfort zone

- Embed a positive change culture in an organisation


Remain productive in a crisis

- Build resilience to thrive under pressure

- Support your team and engage others to deliver

- Debrief after crisis - provide and accept feedback


Action planning for leadership

- Develop a personalised approach - short and long-term

- Understand challenges

- Share approaches to move your career forward


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