Leadership Minor

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The Leadership Minor provides engineering students with the background and practice to become our future leaders. Students have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from and interact with industry leaders and experts
  • Apply knowledge to solve real-world problems in industry projects
  • Acquire skills that employers truly value

Students develop the skills needed to:

  • Identify and analytically solve unstructured real-world problems
  • Lead projects and work with teams of diverse personalities
  • Communicate ideas with confidence to lead change

In the classroom you will explore topics such as leadership techniques, effective decision-making, ethics, and more. Plus, business and industry leaders will provide perspective and experiences needed to become a successful leader. Then, you will put what you have learned to the test, working on actual problems of companies/organizations through real-world business and industry interactions.

Developing Leaders

The minor in leadership provides students with the background and practice to become more effective leaders. The purpose of the minor is to develop highly valued leadership skills such as:

  • Confidence to lead change
  • Ability to design and implement high value-added systems
  • Dealing with ambiguity
  • Knowledge of self and others
  • Teamwork with diverse groups
  • Communicating effectively
  • Breakthrough thinking
  • Ability to analytically solve unstructured real-world problems
  • Understanding customer needs
  • Ethical decision making

Students in Lehigh's Engineering Leadership Minor have close interaction with business and industry leaders, corporations and professional organizations. These individuals and organizations provide mentoring and project work, which affords students opportunities to solve real world problems by applying classroom knowledge.


The Engineering Leadership Minor consists of five courses, three required courses and two electives. A Leadership Development Course, a final Leadership Project course and the Industrial and Systems Engineering course Operational Excellence make up the three required courses. An ethics elective provides a basic framework for the understanding of human interaction and behavior. A Quantitative Decision Making Elective provides students with the skills required to understand financial decision making they will face in leadership roles.

ISE 382 Leadership Development

  • Teamwork and self-knowledge
  • Confidence to lead change
  • Effective communication & presentation skills
  • Mentoring and coaching others

ISE 281 Leadership Project

  • Use the skills learned in a team-based atmosphere to attack a real-world problem
  • Work with real companies/organizations to design, build and implement solutions
  • Interact with industry experts

ISE 334 Operational Excellence

  • Leading change in the workplace
  • Efficient organization development
  • Analyzing existing organization structure
  • Case studies of companies and organizations
  • Field trips to companies

Quantitative Decision Making Elective Choices (Choose One)

  • Enhance technical analysis and analytical thinking skills
  • Problem-solving case studies
  • Creative use of information to make decisions
  • ISE 226 - Engineering Economy and Decision Analysis
  • CEE 202 - CEE Planning and Engineering Economy

Ethics Elective Choices (Choose One)

  • Understand human interaction and behavior
  • Analyse case studies of ethical decisions and their impact
  • Nature, foundation and examination of right and wrong
  • Leading with integrity and conscience
  • PHIL8 - Ethics in Global Perspectives
  • PHIL 105 - Ethics
  • PHIL 116 - Bioethics
  • PHIL 126 - Professional Ethics
  • PHIL 205 - Contemporary Ethics
  • STS 11 - Technology and Human Values
  • STS 252 - Computers, the Internet, and Society
  • STS 323 - Controversies