Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Engineering Leadership Development
In response to the demand for engineering graduates with stronger leadership skills, many engineering leadership development programs have been established around the world. Many of the best practices in such programs are similar to those in general leadership programs, and there seems to be a lack of understanding of how to define engineering leadership, and explain how it differs from general leadership. To address this issue, a survey was distributed to 163 participants (87% students, 13% alumni from a Canadian University) asking, “How do you define leadership in an engineering context?” The results were analyzed using qualitative content analysis, and four themes emerged: lead and influence others, personal effectiveness, engineering competency, and collaboration. Based on these results, combined with relevant knowledge from literature, this paper proposes a definition of engineering leadership that highlights the importance of both the engineering and the leadership aspects, thereby providing clearer direction for fostering leadership skills in our future engineers. The definition will provide engineering leadership educators with a better understanding of how to emphasize the importance of engineering leadership, and how to integrate it into a general engineering education curriculum.
Paul, R., & Sen, A., & Wyatt, E. (2018, June), Board 92 : What is Engineering Leadership? A Proposed Definition Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30137
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