How to Lead Your Engineers If You’re Left-Brained All the Way

As a left-brained leader, you’re bound to get along with your engineers; left-brained thinking tends to dominate the field, as engineers are famously logical and analytical. Leadership is about more than mere logic, however, and a lack of self behavioral management can make things very difficult when conflict strikes in the workplace. The following tips will help you make the most of your left-brained strengths while also incorporating aspects of right-brained leadership:

Purposefully Seek Out New Ideas

Left-brained people tend to be less open to new ideas than their right-brained counterparts. The engineers in your department may willingly go along with your plans, but in all likelihood, they are bursting at the seams with valuable ideas. Encourage engineers to share these ideas — and restrain your urge to immediately critique them and promote your plan. Strictly top-down leadership is a thing of the past; today’s most effective leaders understand that value can be extracted from employees on all rungs of the professional ladder.

Leading a Creative Team

When working with a creative team, many leaders struggle to inspire the group and manage the strong personalities of the team’s members. However, creativity is one of the most valuable traits an individual can possess, and this trait is essential to the success of any company. Thus, leaders must learn how to work with these teams successfully.

As the leader of a creative team, it is up to you to lead in a way that inspires and promotes creativity. Here are some tips for leading a creative team effectively:

1. Exercise your coaching skills.
With this type of team, encouragement and inclusion are essential. Avoid coercive leadership styles, as they won’t be successful with this group.

Too Busy For Creative Leadership Thinking…..That’s A Shame!

Creativity is a treasured commodity for key leaders in business. It seems our busy, leaner companies don’t provide much time for this. What a shame….without creative leadership….are leaders perhaps better suited for sustainable leadership roles? We must find the time as leaders to reflect and allow for that creative thought process to come alive. So…find that space of solitude. Put yourself on your calendar….block out an hour twice a week….close your door and just  do your thinking. And if that seems impossible….then try 1/2 an hour twice a week. Continuous leading ‘’on the fly’’ may be ripe for course correction time and time again….only adding to stress levels that are already likely in high gear.