Many engineers wouldn’t recognize the above shorthand as the titles of reports about the future of the engineering profession. Most may never read one, and fewer still will read them all. Yet, the future of the profession we’ve chosen will be shaped by our choices to adopt—or ignore—the recommendations championed by these authors, and others.
I’ve heard a surprising degree of agreement among engineering thought leaders from all backgrounds that for engineering to retain—or regain—its role as a highly valued profession, change is needed. Not surprisingly, opinions on the nature of the needed change, the consequences of failing to evolve, and the urgency with which change must occur vary widely. (We are, after all, only a decade or less away from the “future” we envision.)
The Leadership Imperative blog seeks to share some of the most insightful, provocative and actionable perspectives on the future of engineering leadership. Our goal is to inform and inspire readers to join in the discussion and become active players in shaping the future of our profession.
We begin with a post called “Leadership for Dreamers” contributed by Arcadis’ Michael MacPhee.
I hope to hear from you in the comments section following each post, or send me your thoughts via email.