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Where Have All the Leaders Gone?


As I look at our profession, I see a void in leadership. I am not referring to your boss, executives, or directors. There are great leaders within all of our various organizations. But when I look out across the landscape of our state, engineers in leadership positions are absent. We have long advocated that being a Professional Engineer holds the same esteem as doctors and lawyers. While we shower ourselves with this esteem, those outside our profession see us less as professionals. Why? Prior to the Industrial Revolution, people trained in the applied sciences were held in high regard. These were the engineers of the day. They created canals, power plants, bridges and buildings. Much the same as we do today. But our predecessors were policy makers and community leaders. They were looked to and sought out for leadership roles because