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Technical Leadership (IND E 582)


Course Details

  • Location: UW Seattle, Online
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost : $2,850

Next Start Date:

January 4, 2021

This course is part of a certificate program. You can also take it without enrolling in the program.

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About this Course

Technical leaders are not necessarily managers, but often lead from positions of unofficial authority. This course will cover the skills needed to build, lead and motivate high-performance teams as a technical leader.

The first step in becoming a leader is to develop self-awareness, including how others perceive you and how you react in stressful situations. You’ll start the course by taking a personality assessment to determine your general traits and how you interact with other personality types. We’ll discuss communication styles, team composition, negotiation skills and decision making within the context of this structure. Team diversity can be an asset, and we’ll explore various types of diversity in the course, including cultural and generational.

What You’ll Learn

  • Methods for working on virtual teams
  • Key techniques for teaching and mentoring future technical leaders
  • Important aspects of ethical issues
  • A framework for evaluating decisions

Program Overview

You must complete all four courses, in any order, to earn the certificate.


You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Blended (Classroom + Online)

You’ll have the choice of attending class sessions online or in person, based on your preference from week to week. Online classes are delivered in real time using web conferencing software. Classroom sessions are held on the UW Seattle campus. Course sessions are also recorded and available for later review.

Course Sessions

Blended (Classroom + Online)

Students have the choice of attending class sessions online or in person.


Meet your instructor

Tamaira Ross

Configuration Design Engineer, Blue Origin

Credit Course

You’ll earn 3 academic credits for successfully completing this course. Learn more about credit courses

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