Engineering Leadership Research Seminar – Elevating & Activating Leader Character Alongside Competence

January 11, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
200 College St
Toronto, ON M5T 3A1

Elevating and Activating Leader Character Alongside Competence

Good leadership is a function of competencies, character and the commitment to doing the hard work of leadership.  In this workshop Dr. Mary Crossan will talk about what it takes to activate leader character and how it contributes to sustained excellence for individuals and organizations. Contrary to popular beliefs character can be defined, assessed and developed.  Anchored in quality of judgment, the dimensions of character include Courage, Drive, Transcendence, Justice, Accountability, Humility, Humanity, Collaboration, Integrity and Temperance. Consider that strength of character, such as with the dimension of Integrity, is often simply assumed in the professions, but unfortunately there is little training to actually develop character.

Professor Crossan will describe an initiative with the Western Engineering Formula Race team designed to elevate character alongside competence that enabled the team to move from 45th in the world to top 10 out of 500 FSAE teams within just one year.  She will also describe educational initiatives focused on developing character and address why it is critical for both educators and the stakeholders they engage.

Mark your calendars for our other seminars:

Date/TimeLocationSpeaker(s)Institutional AffiliationSeminar Title
October 18, 2017
WB215Gregg Warnick & Alan ParkinsonCollege of Engineering and Technology, Brigham Young UniversityTaking the Road Less Traveled: Institutionalizing Leadership Development at a Large College of Engineering and Technology
November 16, 2017
WB215Gerard SeijtsIvey Business School, Western UniversityWhat is Leader Character and How Does It Influence How We Lead?
January 11, 2018
WB215Mary CrossanIvey Business School, Western UniversityElevating & Activating Leader Character Alongside Competence
February 7, 2018
WB215Bill SchellCollege of Engineering, Montana State UniversityUnderstanding Leadership Identity and Leadership Development Experiences of Engineering Students
March 7, 2018
GB202Erin A. CechDepartment of Sociology, University of MichiganProfessional Culture and Inequality in Engineering
April 11, 2018
WB215Alison OlechowskiMIE & ILead, University of TorontoLeadership and Decision-making in Complex Engineering Design Projects