Reflections on a year of engineering leadership

Hargreaves, Douglas & Evans, Peter (2011) Reflections on a year of engineering leadership. In 15th International Conference for Women Engineers and Scientists - ICWES15, 19th - 22nd July, 2011, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia. (Unpublished)

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Doug Hargreaves has completed a year as President of Engineers Australia, a 90,000 strong membership based organisation representing the engineering profession. In preparing for the year Doug decided that the core of his own leadership is his values and that the legacy he wanted to be remembered for at the end of his year, was how his values underpinned everything he did.

The framework for this values approach was a book he co-authored entitled 'Values Driven Leadership'. The essence of Doug's philosophy is that a leader who bases their leadership on a strong sense of values will create an environment where people have a strong sense of Belonging, Identity and Purpose.

This paper reflects on Doug's year of leadership of Engineers Australia and offers insights and examples of where his values driven leadership approach played out and contributed to various scenarios he encountered over the year. The paper will share Doug's approach to leadership and offer an understanding of how an effective leader actually does what he does. Too often leadership is seen as a nebulous capacity that people either have or do not have. In this paper, we will identify the specific skills and abilities within a values framework that will allow any leader to be more effective in their role.

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ID Code: 43590
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Values Driven Leadership
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Deposited On: 26 Jul 2011 01:43
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2011 01:43

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