Leading High Performing Technical Teams

Highly effective leadership skills are the most significant determinant of workforce engagement levels and impact performance, productivity and profits.

While the essential elements of effective leadership are consistent across industries and functions, managers today are often required to oversee specialist, functional, or technical teams, and meet the challenges of a changing workforce across flexible or geographically dispersed locations. Effective leaders must balance increasing expectations around team engagement, productivity, and profits. These leaders face a fairly unique set of challenges when developing their leadership capabilities. 

Leading High Performing Technical Teams is a blended course that will provide the latest leadership theory and management best practice to team leaders, supervisors, and managers. This course explores the challenges that are highlighted when working in and across specialised functional areas; and within cross-disciplinary teams that require bridging technical, knowledge, or cultural divides. While the learnings will be broadly applicable, we focus on the particular issues that tend to arise frequently among technical teams.

After completing this course, you’ll be equipped with the specific knowledge and skills required to maximise team engagement, improve performance, reduce absenteeism, and motivate team members to reach their full potential, in a format that addresses the common issues for high performing teams.

Leading High Performing Technical Teams is delivered in a blended format, comprising of the equivalent of one-day of self-paced online learning, plus two days of interactive, face-to-face learning.

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Three days (one-day self-paced online learning)
Designed for: 
UQ Brisbane City, 293 Queen Street, Brisbane City (view map)
$2,250 per person or $2,025 per person for 3 or more (excl. GST)

What you will learn

You will develop a range of leadership techniques, mindsets and approaches to create a high-performing culture in your team of professionals, technical experts, and specialists. Working with a diverse group of managers, you will explore:

  • How to shape a leadership mindset and apply new approaches to the challenges of leading expert or technical teams
  • Your personal leadership journey and understanding your accountabilities
  • Techniques to increase engagement and motivation
  • Leading in today's workplace – remote, global and geographically-dispersed teams
  • Frameworks to strengthen decision-making
  • Approaches to increase engagement, communication and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders
  • How to strengthen your own relationship with your manager and the impact on your team culture

Who is the course designed for

This course is designed to give managers and leaders of specialist, functions, or technical teams the skills to understand and apply the mindsets, leadership approaches, and engagement techniques required to foster a high-performing team culture, even when working with remote or geographically-dispersed teams.

Style of learning

This three-day course combines the equivalent of one-day of self-paced online learning with a two-day face-to-face facilitated workshop.

The interactive digital learning platform for this course is in story format, with each subsequent module building your knowledge and skills. During the in-class component of the course, you will apply your learnings from the digital modules of the course. There are reflective leadership short-answer and multi-choice questions to complete, case studies to read, and videos to watch within each of the four modules. We estimate an overall commitment of eight hours of pre-class work, which can be spread over a number of weeks, to receive maximum benefit from your time in class. Each module takes an average of two hours to complete with each section within a module taking approximately 20 minutes.

Online learning is self-paced but should be completed prior to the two-day face-to-face session.

Once registration for the course is completed, detailed information will be provided on accessing the digital learning platform approximately one month from the face-to-face session for the course.


UQ Brisbane City
293 Queen Street
Brisbane City, QLD 4000
(opposite Post Office Square and next to the Australia Post Brisbane City branch)


If you'd like to find out more about Leading High Performing Technical Teams, or any of our Executive Education courses please contact our Client Services Team at execed@business.uq.edu.au or (07) 3346 7111

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Facilitated by leading academic Professor Tyler Okimoto and Associate Professor Neil Paulsen

Tyler is a Professor in Management and Deputy Head of the Business School at the Business School where he currently teaches courses on leadership, human resources, conflict/negotiation, and decision-making in the Undergraduate, MBA, and Executive levels. Prior to joining UQ in 2011, he received his Ph.D. in Social and Organisational Psychology from New York University in 2005, and worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the School of Psychology at Flinders University in Australia, and in the School of Management at Yale University. Professor Okimoto's research investigates biases in organisational and ethical decision-making, particularly how those biases contribute to discrimination, unethical practices, injustice, and conflict within and between groups.

Neil is an Associate Professor in leadership and management in the UQ Business School, University of Queensland. Neil’s expertise as an educator has been recognised through 6 teaching excellence and service awards within the UQ Business School and externally. He teaches Leading People and Teams in the UQ MBA program. Prior to his career as an academic, Neil had 20 years experience as a successful senior manager and consultant in public, private, and community sector organisations. He has significant experience facilitating leadership development programs, organisational and group change, as well as international development programs. He has worked in the community non-profit sector in Australia, India, and Holland. He has a long-standing interest and involvement in all aspects of organisational life as a practitioner and researcher. Neil’s research includes a focus on intergroup perspectives on leadership, group and team dynamics, as well as organizational change.


If you'd like to find out more about Leading High Performing Technical Teams, or any of our Executive Education courses please contact our Client Services Team at execed@business.uq.edu.au or (07) 3346 7111

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