Leaders of all kinds have to make informed and resolute decisions. Engineers are often fact and data driven, which can make them excellent decision makers. In general, everyone has a decision-making style—what separates out great decision makers is their ability to adapt based on a problem’s needs.
You will begin this course by evaluating your default decision-making style using a data-driven tool, “Decision-Making for Leaders” designed by Victor Vroom, a leading expert on decision making. You will then explore what quality decisions look like. These initial steps will set you up to more effectively take action and make good decisions.
Professor Erica Dawson, PhD., the Nancy and Bob Selander Director of Engineering Leadership Programs at Cornell University, guides you through the course, allowing you to evaluate yourself, digest the results and data, then assess your ability to effectively adapt. The course concludes with the creation of an action plan, setting yourself on a path for future success.
KEY COURSE TAKEAWAYS
Evaluate your current leadership decision-making style
Ground yourself to your situation and move from data to action
Assess how your current leadership style impacts effectiveness across a variety of situations
Professor of Practice and Director of Engineering Leadership Programs, Cornell University
Erica is a Cornellian (’03 PhD, Social Psychology). She was Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at Yale University before returning to Ithaca to create and direct the Engineering Leadership Program in 2012. Erica teaches and consults worldwide on judgment and decision-making, negotiation, leadership, and coaching.
She has worked with groups as diverse as German engineers, Tibetan monks, female pharmaceutical scientists, and American sixth-graders. Her current research interests focus on individual psychological phenomena and leadership dynamics in high-risk occupations and sports.