4 Pervasively Common Beliefs Among Engineering Leaders that Hold Them Back

“Just because you are CEO, don’t think you have landed. You must continually increase your learning, the way you think, and the way you approach the organization.”—Indra Nooyi, CEO, PepsiCo

Everyone in a leadership role brings with them a set of beliefs they hope will guide them and their teams. Yet, as a leader, you should recognize when a fervently held idea of belief no longer applies to your new role. Here are four common beliefs that will only hold you back.

From Colleague to Leader: 5 Mental Shifts You Must Make

Congratulations! You’ve just received the long-sought-for promotion, and now find yourself in a brand new leadership role. But perhaps you’re also a little intimidated by the idea that the very people who were working with you, now work for you. This can be a difficult, uncomfortable transition for you and your colleagues. Let’s look at five ways to make it easier.

Amazing Women Leaders in Engineering

Of the top tech giants in the U.S.–Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft– none has a percentage of women in leadership roles above 30%. Therefore, if we want to increase the number of women in engineering, then we should focus on those who have made it to the very top, and serve as an inspiration to the next generation. With that in mind, here is an introduction to three truly amazing women who are leaders in engineering.

How to Maintain Communication With Your Engineering Team

In this age of insta-communication, via social media and smartphones, we’ve lost all our good excuses for not keeping in touch. And it’s the same for business: It’s never been easier for companies to maintain high levels of communication within and between departments–but only if they want to. Yet firms still struggle with communication silos, where the so-called right hand doesn’t know what the left-hand is up to. To avoid this dangerous trend, here are some tips.

 

How to Be Persuasive When Leading Engineers

From the Assembly in ancient Athens to Dale Carnegie’s timeless How to Win Friends and Influence People, the art of persuasion is as ancient as language itself. But just as politicians tailor their stump speeches depending on their audience, so must leaders of engineers know their audience. Below are three ideas help you persuade engineers you are supervising.

 

Be Visionary but Realistic:

Engineers walk a fine line: They are asked to perform magic in a world where magic doesn’t exist. Yet to be an engineer is to be inspired by the possibilities present in the physical world. As a leader of engineers, one must learn to direct requests to an engineer’s innate love of exploration and discovery… just as long as that request is in the realm of the realistic.