Does Higher Education offer enough opportunities to develop these skills among undergraduates through their modules and curricula contents?

Description: Effective leadership involves creating an inspiring vision of the future, motivating and inspiring people to engage with that vision. A good and influential leader will always play a pivotal role in the delivery and achievement of this vision by building and managing a team. Today leadership is among one of the most highly sought after competences and skills among employees in various organizations. It has been deemed as a key criterion for career progression particularly in engineering professions. Leadership competency and development has become increasingly important in engineering education as different companies now look for engineers with leadership, communication and teamwork skills. Organizations in order to attain a competitive edge are emphasizing Higher Education to produce engineers who are capable of leading multidisciplinary teams, combine business acumen and innovate effectively. Recent studies have suggested that exposure at the undergraduate level to different leadership skills building opportunities can help young budding engineers to gain the key foundation of a strong and successful career. So what can be done in Higher Education curricula especially in the field of Engineering to increase the development of such leadership skills among students? This project will investigate the different factors which can facilitate the development of such leadership skills among engineering students. What skills do students need to possess or develop in order to become effective leaders? How can such skills be developed? Does Higher Education offer enough opportunities to develop these skills among undergraduates through their modules and curricula contents? How can we measure leadership competencies among future engineers? Can we construct a model to measure leadership readiness among budding engineers?
 

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