Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


Acquire the Right Skills to Lead

Feb 21, 2019

ELDP 400x244According to Kurt Mattson, vice president of DeKalb Mechanical, the interactive business-game, GlobalTech, was by far the best classroom training he has ever experienced. Mattson participated in SMACNA’s first Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) last year.

This exercise enabled him and his colleagues to network, apply real-world situations, and see how their decisions affected the lives of others and impacted their companies.

SMACNA is once again offering the Executive Leadership Development Program at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, in Chapel Hill, N.C., April 1 to 4. The ELDP was custom-made for SMACNA members by Kenan-Flagler and received excellent marks from the first graduating class. 

The ELDP experience provides career-minded executives and managers the opportunity to enhance career plans and prepare for senior leadership. The program takes a strategic approach and provides the right skills, knowledge, and social awareness to launch a person’s candidacy for promotion or business ownership. Sessions cover Developing Leadership Awareness, Assessing Oneself & Engaging Others, Creating a Pipeline, Multi-Generational Workplace – Millennials and Beyond, Power & Influence, Leading Change, Experience Change, and Effective Personal Change.

20190219_202659 208x269One of Mattson’s goals for attending the ELDP was to network with other executives from across the country, and that was accomplished. He has kept in touch with some of the people he met, noting that a critical benefit of the program is that it allowed him the opportunity to network with others. Since the program ended, he has spoken with several of the people he met there and discussed new ideas about how to continue developing his leadership skills.

Mattson firmly believes the program has made him a better executive. He says he is “better prepared to analyze employee situations more carefully and think about how the daily decisions he makes could affect the company years down the road.”

The ELDP is not an introduction to leadership fundamentals, but rather an executive-level course for SMACNA members, focusing on broad leadership opportunities, including how to prepare for dynamic changes in technology. It is a valuable and rare opportunity to deepen one’s leadership capabilities to drive strategic and operational performance, as well as prepare the next generation to lead. 

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