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10 Tips on How To Be a Great Engineering Leader

Are you a candidate to become an engineering leader within your department? Want to be a great engineering leader in the entire organization? Then read on.

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Are you a candidate to become an engineering leader within your department? Want to be a great engineering leader in the entire organization? Then read on.

These are practical tips for engineers out there.

Select the best engineers

An engineer knows that the best output requires the best materials, therefore the best company also requires the best employees. But you cannot afford to have the best team if you do not have the best selection system. Recruiting superior people for the company you are dreaming of is the initial step to succeed and to be able to do this, you must design your employment system properly. Remember, all managers are only as good as their chosen team.

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Be a motivator

Surely, it took you a lot of motivation to work hard and earn your position. Now, as a manager, it is your responsibility to check on the possible motivation sources of your employees. Determine what can make them do better. Is it promotion? Salary increase? Recognition? Also, know what will prevent them to work badly. Figure out how you can make them do what you want them to do and how to give what they want in exchange.

Build your team

Do you know that you can still fluctuate even you have a motivated team? Yes, they might be motivated but it is to do their own thing. A good team is composed of a leader that motivates his or her members to succeed at an objective and he can do that by engineering a unified working structure and preventing selfish and individualistic work. Believe that teamwork makes the dream work.

Be a Leader, not just an engineering Manager

You cannot become a leader if you will only check updates and progress of your team. Motivation will only become useful if you can lead your team towards a specific goal and elaborate the need to pursue it. Leadership is not only letting your subordinates do the work but guiding them step-by-step, in all levels. That will separate yourself from being just a mere boss.

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Improve as a communicator

Who says engineers can’t excel in communication? Whether in speaking or in writing, they actually can. This is considered as the most important skill of a manager. He might be good at executing an input but if he lacks the ability to communicate its vision to his team, it will be useless. It is important for people to understand the goal of your team so they’ll be able to act upon it accordingly. If you think you don’t have that skill at the moment, don’t worry. Practice can improve your ability.

Get better at managing money

The success of your team can also be measured through financial stability. No company can stay in the business without resources. Engineers are good at math but not all of them can handle monetary figures properly. Take control of your finances by spending less than what you bring in. Learn the best way to do so and take financial courses if you need to. Promise, you’ll never regret this investment.

Get better at managing time

Your money and abilities might be unlimited but not your time. To be able to manage your time, you should develop a good project management. To manage project efficiently, one must set the goals, the timeline and the appropriate budget. This will show you how to accomplish things successfully through a more convenient yet effective route towards what you want.

Improve yourself

Point out other people’s sty but don’t forget to look in the mirror to remove yours. Like any other field, engineering is a continuous learning process and the strength you possess at the moment might not be competent in the future. As you check on the weaknesses of your employees and help them improve, do not forget that you also need to improve as an individual.

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Practice ethical management

What a lovely thing it would be if everybody in your team does the right thing? But who sets what is ‘right’ and what is ‘wrong’ in an organization? It’s you. The engineer boss. Part of the vision of an engineering company is to contribute to the welfare of society and this can be possible if employees are driven with strong ethical standard.

Engineers, take a break

If computers and machines need some rest, what more for human beings! Take note that being over-stressed might result to incompetent outputs. The people you lead might also adapt the same habit that you have. When they do, everyone will bite each other inside the team. So recharge your batteries by heading somewhere peaceful and relaxing and see a different kind of productivity when you come back.

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Management is not a skill that can be learned overnight. It takes effort and consistency and engineers are good at those. Take time to read more articles like this at our page and you are on your way to become the best engineer boss!


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