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GEL Aids in Strengthening Leadership Practices Across Universities

October 22, 2013

On October 21st and 22nd 2013 Simon Pitts and Colonel Steven McGonagle represented the Northeastern University GEL program in a meeting of the COMPLETE (Community of Practice for Leadership Education for the 21st Century Engineer) group at The Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro North Carolina.

Participants who attended the meeting included representatives from 12 different programs teaching Engineering Leadership in the US and Canada.

The meeting’s purpose was to provide members of COMPLETE community with information and best practices to enable continuous improvement of programs and to build new capacity within their institutions.

Examples of the models and tools demonstrated and shared at the event were:

  •  A model which defines Leadership in terms of outcomes: Direction, Alignment, Commitment (DAC).
  •  Leveraging the Value of an Engineering Leadership Framework.
  •  Lessons Learned from Evaluation of Capstone Teams at the US Naval Academy, insights from analyzing the different methods teams used to successfully deliver projects.

The meeting, which the GEL program assisted in organizing, was judged to have produced value and cross learning for all those who attended.

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