Nothing in this world works in silos. When it comes to scaling up the career ladder, one needs to hone ones managerial and leadership skills. This is because a  managerial role calls for an amalgamation of technical and non-technical capabilities. Mid and senior management roles require people management skills and thought leadership to drive innovation and sustainability in ongoing projects.

For example- any engineering project would require  engineering expertise but will still need someone to manage and allocate the tasks, foresee risks, adhere to compliance and have a great vision to forge meaningful partnerships. By adding the new skill set an, an engineer can seamlessly bridge the gap between tech expertise and management skills. The world of technology is constantly in the process of change and therefore everyone working in the technical domain needs to be a visionary and a leader.

Management skills cannot be forged on the job but hinge on professional training. Anyone who aspires to make a mark in the field of engineering must develop the capacity for innovation, clear communication, cross-vertical networking and seamlessly moving along with advancements in technology. These qualities cannot be acquired on the job but can be learnt in courses such as Executive Program in General Management by IIM Calcutta.

The program content covers all aspects of management right from Finance, Marketing, Strategy, Operations, Ethics & Communication and People Management. One of the mainstays of the program is to offer young engineers with practical training on mainstays of project management.

Skills Needed to Become Efficient Managers

Engineers need to be efficient managers predominantly to be able to rise to occasions, take on challenging tasks in times of crisis and transform challenges into opportunities for personal growth and better market visibility for the organization. There are certain skills that every engineer needs to develop to spearhead growth and innovation in his organization and these are:

  • Decision Making - A great deal of project success depends on the decision-making capabilities of an engineer involved. The decisions must be based on technical know-how, understanding of the industry and instinct. The professionally tailored courses such as the EPGM offer great insights on decision making through various case studies on business strategy.
  • Communication - Clear communication is a key to success in any endeavour. General management course train technical personnel to deep dive into the benefits of goal-based clear communication. 
  • Delegation - An engineer must develop the capability to step back and have a bird's eye view of the project as a whole and the role each resource plays. It's only then, can he work towards putting all aspects of the project together. 
  • Understanding of Industry best practices and compliances - It is never enough to just know how to do one's job. Unless a professional is aware of the direction in which the industry is moving and how his or her organization is moving, one cannot deliver desired results.. Seeking to constantly update and undertake training to polish one's skills and be ahead of others is the key to creating value in the organization.