Mechanical Engineering

Leadership in a Global Context

Leadership in a Global Context
Principles of individual and organizational leadership in a global context. Emphasis on developing self-awareness, interpersonal skills, high-performance teams, integrity, vision and strategy. Driving forces for globalization. Valuing and leveraging diversity.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 NoteSophomore standing strongly encouraged.
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring
 ProgramsContaining ME EN 231
Course Outcomes: 


Understand and describe what it means to be a leader. Cultivate your desire to become an effective leader by developing and documenting one or more leadership qualities.

Professional Responsibility and Integrity

Understand ethics, integrity, and professional responsibility and practice these in your personal and professional life. Describe and apply a procedure for effectively implementing informed judgments which consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.


Understand and be able to describe the importance of self-awareness to effective leadership. Increase your level of self-awareness.

Personality Types

Understand and be able to use a model (e.g., MBTI) to describe personality type and/or preferences. Use this model to increase your effectiveness as a leader.

Interpersonal Skills

Define and effectively practice key interpersonal skills (e.g., effective communication, influencing others and managing conflict). Develop or refine at least one interpersonal skill.

Team Development

Understand and describe the principles and processes that lead to effective teams. Evaluate and improve your effectiveness as a member of a team on assignments, activities, and/or a class project.


Value diversity and the different perspectives, experience, skills that individuals bring to a team. Be able to effectively utilize those differences to enhance team performance

Vision, Goals, Strategy, Plan

Develop skills needed to understand and establish a vision, establish goals, formulate a strategy and develop a plan consistent with a vision. Develop an ability to manage and prioritize your time effectively.


Understand and be able to describe globalization including its historical context, driving forces and influences. Demonstrate an understanding of a few global issues.

Cultural Influences

Appreciate, understand and demonstrate how cultural factors influence communication, teamwork and the practice of technical disciplines within a global context. Improve your multicultural skills through practice.

Social Science Research and Critical Analysis

Understand and develop experience with research methods used in an area of social science at an introductory level, including the collection, use, and evaluation of data, and the generalization of results as theories or models.