Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

Executive Leadership Development Program is Developing Future SMACNA Stars

Leadership-Dev-Group-Photo-2018Industry executives and business owners from around the country learned how leaders can effect meaningful change in their organizations during SMACNA’s recent Executive Leadership Development Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“You cannot lead others unless you first know yourself and your style,” said Carol Duncan, chief executive officer of General Sheet Metal. From this course, “I learned how to successfully implement change and how to capitalize on my company’s unique brand and experiences to attract and retain talent to my business.”

Working alongside senior industry leaders and through group discussions and interactive exercises, participants learned how to manage change, how their leadership style impacts others, how to create a purpose-driven organization, and how to use power and influence to manage conflict and positively influence others.

“This program was designed specifically to maximize the leader’s contribution to their company and to prepare him or her for future advancement,” said Heather Freeland, program director of the UNC Executive Development program.

The course helped participants develop new ways of thinking and increase capabilities critical to their success such as “developing the talent within their organizations, leading critical change, and a deliberate and strategic approach to leading others,” Freeland added.

“SMACNA already provides a deep portfolio of training opportunities for contractors’ operational personnel, from foremen to project managers,” said Vince Sandusky, SMACNA chief executive officer. “This program is specifically designed for executive team members looking to fully develop critical leadership skills that impact the success of the entire business enterprise.”

The four-day program was led by Mabel Miguel, MBA, PhD, professor of organizational behavior and director of the Global Business Center Kenan-Flagler Business School; executive trainer Jennifer Giordano, MA, EdM; and Matthew Pearsall, PhD, UNC associate professor of organizational behavior.

Watch for the 2019 Executive Leadership Development Program, which is planned for next spring.