Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 8 No. 1 (2007): Vol-8-Issue-1-January-2007
Around the 1960 and on to today, the environment of today’s is on customer satisfaction. Achieving this
new paradigm, Engineering is to be more flexible and adaptable to the demands and expectations of
The top – down traditional hierarchical structure doesn’t act properly any longer.
Managing change doesn’t mean only controlling it, rather understanding it , adapting to it where
necessary and guiding it when possible. (Carter McNamara, 1997)
The history of engineering leadership backs to Cyrus , The Great, Persian king , who combined
managerial characteristics with army dexteritiesto lead the significant kingdom Persia.
Three main issues mentioned by Cyrus : 1- Goal setting , 2- Strategy decision and determine suitable
path to achieve and 3- Distribute the results suitably.
(Hedrick,Larry ,2006 , P.17 )
Nowadays the emphasis on various principles is observed where the key components of effective
engineering leaders is the ability to motivate and equip people by being able to communicate clearly ,
manage and organize conflicts , develop creativity and technical tasks.
Engineering leaders will be called upon to foresee developing threats to our environment and
sustainability, and they will need to bring their messages effectively to political leaders. They will have
to understand and cross multidisciplinary boundaries, because solving the most difficult problems will
involve multiple, interacting and conflicting causes and effects. Language skills, cultural competency,
and other soft skills will be brought into a comprehensive systems analysis of their work .( Barlow ,