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Leadership Essentials for Engineers

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4 months
375 USD/full
375 USD/full
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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the Leadership Essentials for Engineers course in collaboration with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) - DelftX. Gain essential skills to become a successful leader in a technology dominated world.

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The majority of challenges that organizations face are technology related. Given the growing importance of technology, the demand for leaders with an engineering background will probably rise. Already a quarter of the CEOs of the world's 100 largest corporations have engineering degrees.

Engineers have the potential to be good leaders. They are analytical and tech-savvy. They are comfortable with figures. They often have a can-do attitude. However, these characteristics alone are not enough to make engineers effective leaders.

In this Professional Certificate in Leadership Essentials for Engineers at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) - DelftX, you will learn that a good leader needs at least three mindsets, supporting the development of essential leadership skills:

  • The analytical mindset. This mindset is about the ability to analyze complex problems and opportunities as a basis for making strategic decisions. It is about developing a strategy in a systematic way and preparing for action. This mindset taps into the strengths of engineers.
  • The influencing mindset. Designing solutions and strategies, however, is about more than analysis. In our interconnected and complex world, leaders are faced with stakeholders, both internal and external, who might have completely different views. Problems and challenges are often ambiguous. This mindset looks at all these issues and finds common ground and ways of producing willing consensus in teams and stakeholders.
  • The sensemaking mindset. The first two mindsets require a high tolerance of complexity. Leadership is also about inspiring and convincing people and teams inside and outside the organization. This mindset is about translating complexity into powerful and concise messages so people can understand and make sense of the complexity of their world.

These three mindsets are indispensable for good leaders. They sometimes conflict and they often require completely different skills. In this program, you will be familiarized with each of these mindsets and discover how they can support you as a leader.

Job Outlook

  • More than 80 percent of responding employers said they look for evidence of leadership skills on a candidate's resume. (NACE’s Job Outlook 2016 Survey)
  • Engineering team leaders earn on average $ 96,701 per year. (PayScale)
  • The median annual Engineering Manager salary is $ 131,122, as of April 29, 2018. (SalaryCom)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Effective Decision Making: Dealing with Business Complexity
  • Influencing Stakeholders: Discover Your Leadership Style and Deal with Power and Dynamics
  • Communicating Effectively: How to Inspire and Convince

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 4 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.




  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Tuition Fee

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  • International

    375 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 375 USD for the full programme during 4 months.
  • National

    375 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 375 USD for the full programme during 4 months.

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