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Leading Leaders for Engineering Directors

First Session: 

Hosted by Ian Nowland

SVP Engineering at Datadog

I'm excited to mentor participants in the Scaling Leadership Circle for Engineering Directors. With 12 years of managing teams up to 700 people, I have a lot of breadth of experience in the field - managing in large FANGs, startups and Finance companies.

Through this experience, I believe that there is no one-size-fits-all answer to managing and you need a the right tools, situationally applied. I think this is especially true when you want to "lead leaders", allowing the individual autonomy that strong, highly driven managers require to not just work for you, but be inspired by you.

I look forward to sharing the lessons I have learned over the years and helping participants understand how to scale leadership within their organizations.

Circle Description

In this four-session Circle, participants will learn how to scale their leadership across multiple layers of management who report up to them. I break up management into 7 areas (https://inowland.medium.com/the-seven-areas-of-software-management-be89d213ea7), and will talk through practical techniques to solve problems in each of them. In particular, I will emphasize a balance between process and trust, looking for you to grow into a "leader of leaders" allowing independence and autonomy but without losing accountability.

This circle is full.

Total Cost:  $300

Pay with your L&D budget

Benefits of joining this Circle:

  • Engage in interactive learning with a limited group of peers ( Full)
  • Bring your own challenges and the Ian will be able to help in live
  • Lifetime access to all session material: slides, templates, recordings and additional resources


  • Directors of Software Engineering
  • Managing 40 or more people

Cohort Includes:

Senior Engineering Manager at VMware

Director of Engineering at Wish

Head of Engineering at JPMorgan Chase & Co

+ 8 others


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