Leadership Program

Others

Identifying our differences, appreciating diversity in others, and managing our relationships effectively, summarizes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes contained in the Others domain.  Social awareness and relationship management are the other two domains of emotional intelligence (EI).  While we will instruct you about EI, there is a large body of literature beyond EI that can help you optimize the interaction between leader and followers.  Engineers are often stereotyped as not being people-oriented managers and leaders.  We want to break that mold. 

Objective

Help you develop the tools to become leaders who think of developing your teams as much as designing and building your final products.

Outcomes

Students who complete the entire program will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge about individual diversity within a team to achieve success.
  2. Describe the personality, behaviors, and values of others.
  3. Optimize team member strengths and weaknesses to improve team performance.

Activities

Gathering
  • Share the Belbin Team Roles with your project team and discuss their preferred team roles. Emphasize that the goal of the conversation is to identify where each member of the team is most comfortable and feels utilized the most. Write a summary of the conversation.
  • Discuss in your team personality differences and the potential for conflict and strategies to mitigate those challenges. Write a summary of the main knowledge gained from the conversation.  
  • Discuss Personal Values as a team as they may pertain to your project goals.  Which values do you share and which are unique to each person.  Create a list of personal values for the members of the team. 
  • Discuss the ethical questions that important to your team and provide answers to those questions.
Processing
  • Perform a team role gap/surplus analysis after the team members rank their preferred team roles from most important to least important.
  • Identify the potential areas for conflict on the team based upon personality results. Have each member of the team decide how they work to avoid the potential for conflict and record this plan.
  • Create a list of Team Values required to have a successful project and team working atmosphere.
Applying
  • Observe the team norms based upon personality, behaviors (team roles), and values and revise your list of team values, team role gap/surplus analysis, and personality conflict plan.  

Supporting Theories or Approaches

Resonant Leadership, Relational Leadership, Authentic Leadership, Servant Leadership, Path-Goal, Transformational Leadership, Leader-Member Exchange (LMX)