Soft skills & leadership

Settels Savenije & Friedrich


You're skilled at developing technology and guiding projects. But knowing the right direction to take is one thing – getting all the stakeholders to buy in is another. And it's a vital skill: if you aren't able to get everyone aligned, you might spend your precious time arguing, eventually even implementing the wrong solutions. It's a short step from there to unnecessary costs and frustration. You want to make sure that doesn't happen.

As a technical leader, you need to steer both the project and the company in the right direction. To do that, you must be able to convince stakeholders, influence without authority, and exhibit personal leadership. You'll learn how to do all these things in our four-day program (split into 2 two-day sessions), specifically designed for architects, head engineers, and project leads who want to increase their impact.

If on-site training is not permitted, we will transition to an online (virtual) format. If this transition is necessary, we will contact you in advance for your approval.


How do you effectively structure a project and guide its stakeholders in the absence of direct authority? How do you transform resistance into buy-in? You do it by developing three key qualities: insight into your organization, a deep understanding of the different interests involved, and the skill to concretely affect them.

The course covers the following topics:

  • The key traits of the technical leader's role;
  • Knowing your stakeholders (“step into the shoes of..”);
  • Communication essentials;
  • Effective meetings with multiple stakeholders;
  • Personal leadership;
  • Influencing without authority;
  • Personal action plan.

Intended for

This in-depth course is designed for technology professionals engaged in complex system development.

Jaco Friedrich MSc (Trainer)

"Architects have a lot of responsibility, but no formal power. That's why leadership skills are most important."

Course schedule
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location Eindhoven
Duration 2 times 2 days (incl. 2 evening sessions)
Course leader Jaco Friedrich MSc
(Average score of last 3 editions)
Price € 2,565.00 excl. VAT *
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Day 1 (9:00 – 21:00 including lunch and dinner)

  • The key traits of the technical leader's role;
  • Knowing your stakeholders (“step into the shoes of …”);
  • Communication essentials.

Day 2 (9:00 – 17:00 including lunch)

  • Effective meetings with multiple stakeholders;
  • Transform resistance into buy-in.

Day 3 (9:00 – 21:00 including lunch and dinner)

  • Personal leadership;
  • Evening guest.

Day 4 (9:00 – 17:00 including lunch)

  • Influencing without authority;
  • Personal action plan.

Action learning, lectures, exercises, discussions, role-plays.

The program provides a theoretically sound foundation, then turns it into practical action using participants' specific, real-world situations. As a result, you can apply what you've learned the very next day. At the end of the course, you'll have a complete personal action plan to take forward.

Before the course begins, you'll carry out a mini 360-degree survey, asking your colleagues what they feel are your strong and weak points as a communicator. During the course, we'll use this feedback as the personal basis from which you'll start learning.


Participants will receive a High Tech Institute course certificate for attending this training.

Remarks from participants

"Very good, intensive but was able to keep up with the pace. Good approach regarding the 2 modules."

Niels Beekman – Thales

"I can say very easily, this was way the best soft training I've ever attended. Thank you so much for the content and the hard work you've put into it."

Yigit Erkoca - Thermo Fisher Scientific

* Prices are subject to change. Price correction will be applied at the end of the year.