Capabilities of Effective Engineering Leaders

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Core Values, Character, and Accountability:

  • Taking Initiative 
  • Making Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty 
  • Upholding Responsibility, Sense of Urgency, and Will to Deliver 
  • Exercising Resourcefulness, Flexibility, and Resilience
  • Committing to Ethical Action, Integrity, and Courage
  • Exercising Self-Awareness, Self-Reflection, and Self-Improvement
  • Developing Vision and Intention in Life and Career 
  • Fostering Trust, Loyalty, and Team-Building
  • Embracing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion  


  • Inquiring and Dialoguing
  • Developing and Deploying Structured Communications
  • Negotiating, Compromising, and Managing Conflict
  • Advocating and Influencing
  • Building Diverse Connections and Communicating across Cultures
  • Interacting Constructively; Providing and Receiving Feedback
  • Building Relationships and Networks
  • Managing your Relationship with your Boss
  • Developing and Empowering Others 


  • Understanding Group and Organizational Cultures 
  • Maintaining Awareness of Societal and Natural Context
  • Ascertaining the Needs of Customers or Beneficiaries
  • Exercising Business Context Awareness and Financial Acumen
  • Tracking and Assessing New Technology
  • Exercising Systems Thinking


  • Creating Motivating Environments
  • Creating and Communicating a Shared Vision
  • Identifying and Defining Issues, Problems, or Paradoxes
  • Thinking Creatively and Depicting Possibilities
  • Defining the Solution
  • Architecting the Solution Concept

Delivering on the Vision:

  • Forming and Implementing Working Groups and Teams
  • Aligning Organizations Toward a Vision 
  • Understanding and Leveraging Power in Organizations
  • Planning and Managing a Project to Completion
  • Exercising Project/Solution Judgment and Thinking Critically
  • Inventing
  • Innovating
  • Deploying and Operating Solutions

Technical Knowledge and Reasoning