Most engineers are bright, hard-working, reliable, and prefer to avoid conflict. An engineering curriculum tends to self-select these characteristics. By most standards, you would expect workers exhibiting these traits to require minimal supervision. But is this true? Is this how most current engineering managers lead? Looking at some current theories on leadership combined with personal anecdotes, this presentation will look at some common misconceptions about leading engineers.
Camm, T.W. 2017. Preprint 17-080: Managing engineering talent: Unique challenges to optimize the best and brightest. Presented at the SME Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, February 19-22.