I recently had the opportunity to share my thoughts on engineering leadership with EngineerJobs.com, the most-visited engineering career site online.
It's a tricky and dare-I-say controversial topic, not the milquetoast subject you might imagine. The innate traits required to be a successful leader balanced against the learned ones, the nature vs the nurture, and the importance of technical skills in a role that traditionally is heavy on soft skills - I touch upon them all and more.
"...don’t be afraid of failure. Certainly there is a philosophy amongst entrepreneurs that is often lacking amongst gainfully employed engineers, and that is: You’re always failing until you are suddenly succeeding. The most prolific engineers in history such as Henry Ford were always failing but always learning from it. Safety is an illusion anyway – the economy could go sour, the company could have layoffs. So leaders will push their boundaries and be the first ones back on their feet after times of trouble."
Check out the rest of the story here, and as always, let me know what you think!