Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


Are You the Best CEO or VP You Could Be?

Jan 24, 2019


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Let SMACNA’s ELDP expose you to new thinking that will maximize your leadership skills so you can innovate, inspire your staff and take your company to the next level. Register today for the SMACNA Executive Leadership Development Program, April 1 to 4, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Last year’s program marked the first time this course was ever offered, and the outstanding marks it received from the first graduating class tell us this course provides great value to SMACNA CEOs and their direct reports:

“The industry is going through great changes right now, and there is a tremendous need to prepare the next generation of leaders to lead the industry,” said Heather Freeland, program director of the University of North Carolina’s Executive Development program. Freeland and her colleagues at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School have designed a four-day leadership development program, custom-made for SMACNA members.

UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School faculty and staff continue to work extensively with SMACNA leadership to develop this course to meet the changing needs of SMACNA members and to contribute to the continued growth of the industry. This collaboration has given faculty a keen understanding of the many market changes impacting the HVAC and sheet metal industry, including dramatic shifts in the workforce and technology.

“Good and extraordinary leaders are defined by their ability to influence coworkers, manage employee talent, inspire and engage teams, think strategically, and execute,” Freeland continued. “These leaders propel people to perform at a high level, and thereby increase productivity and profits.

Participants will also receive direct feedback through a self-assessment of their own individual leadership style. “They will gain self-awareness on how they lead, how they engage others and make conscious decisions about how they will lead using different styles,” Freeland noted.

Noted as one of the best business schools in the world, the Kenan-Flagler Business School has an outstanding reputation, the highest quality faculty, and superlative reviews by third parties, including the Financial Times.

“We're excited to work with some of SMACNA's future stars,” Freeland said. She went on to explain that the program is not an introduction to leadership fundamentals. Rather, it is issue-specific for SMACNA members, focusing on broad leadership opportunities, including how to prepare for dynamic changes in technology. “Together we will deepen leadership capabilities to drive strategic and operational performance.”

Members can register at Executive Leadership Development Program on the SMACNA website.