Be a Better Leader – BC Tech Leadership Development Program

Many fast-growing technology companies hit a stage where a number of hard-working successful employees start to get promoted as their team grows, and these employees find themselves taking on management or leadership roles for the very first time. Though it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to promote and reward employees, it’s also essential to provide them the right tools to set them up for success in their new roles – both for the employee’s and the organization’s success. But how do you thoroughly prepare someone to become a leader?

In light of this, BC Tech is thrilled to partner with Right Management to offer its member organizations a unique opportunity to provide a top-notch leadership development program, hand-crafted for leaders and employees of tech companies, which will not only explore personal strengths, leadership styles, tools and best-practices, but also provide a collaborative environment where leaders of tech organizations in similar scenarios can share experiences and grow together as peers.

Watch Susan Eick from Right Management explain the BC Tech Leadership Program here.

Program Overview

The program consists of seven steps delivered over the course of 6 months:

BCTIA Leadership Program

Step 1: Pre-Work

This first step of the program will provide you with an opportunity prior to the first workshop to self-evaluate your leadership styles and challenges (“blind spots”), in order to be better prepared to fully engage in the first in-person session. You will be asked to complete a total of 5 online assessments: Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI), Hogan Development Survey (HDS), Hogan Motives Values Preferences Inventory (MVPI), Change Styles Indicator (CSI), and Conflict Dynamics Profiles (CDP). The total time investment for pre-work would approximately 2-3 hours. You will receive your results of your assessment at Workshop #1.

Step 2: Action-Planning Workshop

This ½ day in-person workshop will be facilitated by a senior talent management consultant who will assist each participant with understanding their own results from each of the 5 assessments, and discuss the broader context of the areas of leadership that each survey specifically addresses. The final part of the workshop will be spent working on your individual action plan, which will become the blueprint for your development as a leader in your organization.

Steps 3 and 5: Virtual Coaching and Group Check-In

During this one hour facilitated call, participants will be given the opportunity to share the challenges and successes that they have had since the initial workshop, and be given advice and insight on how to address those challenges and move forward in their development.

Steps 4 and 6: Effective Leadership Skills Workshops

In each of these ½ day in-person workshops, you will receive valuable tools and methods for common leadership challenges which may include any of the following (content will be based on the group’s interest and goals): Courageous Conversations (Conflict Management), Delegating to Empower, Managing and Being a Champion of Change, and Leading Effective Meetings.

Step 7: Graduation and Peer Coaching

In this final step of your leadership program, you will come together for a final session with your cohort members to debrief what you have learned over the past 6 months and highlight any specific opportunities for continued development that you want to address. Additionally, you will be given the opportunity to pair up with a peer cohort member to provide each other with sustained ongoing peer coaching to support your personal leadership goals and objectives.

Program Logistics and Registration

  • When: September to December 2016 (workshops and check-ins scheduled every 3-4 weeks from September to December)
  • Where: Virtual meetings over Google Hangout, in person meetings and workshops at the BC Tech Innovation Hub – 887 Great Northern Way, Vancouver
  • Group size: 15-20 tech leaders and professionals
  • Cost: $1250 + GST per participant
  • This program is for you if: You are a new manager or leader of a technology company who understands the impact a great leader can cause and is eager to drive your team and your organization to success.
  • Registration deadline: August 15, 2016.
  • How to register: send the completed registration form to or call Chris Russel at 604.757.0745 for any questions.