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SBE Leader-Skills Series

Since 1997, SBE has sponsored a Leader-Skills Series, specifically designed for broadcast engineers who have or aspire to have management responsibilities. SBE offers the two-part series in cooperation with instructor Richard Cupka, Sr., of West Lafayette, IN.

Cupka has directed and taught the Leader-Skills seminars to broadcast engineering managers, supervisors and technicians for more than 35 years. Leader-Skills programs sponsored by SBE or the NAB date back to 1965.

Designed to take technically adept people and instill in them sound supervisory and management skills, the Leader-Skills Series can also be a tool for personal growth and development, even for those without prior management or supervisory responsibilities.

  • Course I: “Leadership – The Framework of People Skills,” takes place June 6-8 in Indianapolis. This course covers the function and nature of the leadership role; how to build stronger teams and effective internal cooperativeness; the complex differences of people; and the discovery of a leader's natural style of leading and how to nurture a developed style to help adjust to different people in differing situations.
  • Course II, “Leadership – Expanding Your People Skills,” takes place Aug. 8-10 in Indianapolis. This course explores individual behavior in groups and the dynamics of interaction between groups; the complex motivations of different people and how to deal with them; how best to handle disciplinary processes; and where emphasis should be in a leader’s ultimate responsibility over people and activities.

Each course is limited to a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 18 participants. Deadlines to register are May 3 for Course I and July 5 for Course II. The cost of registration is $545 for each course, which includes three days of instruction, all course materials, a certificate of completion and classroom refreshments.

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