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. Here are some program faculty sharing some of their insights and perspectives:

Professional athlete don't just go play in games, they practice . . . Leadership should be the same way . . . you can apply what you've learned, you can practice and look at the outcomes, and from that you can develop better leadership skills . . .

Greg Tonkay

Associate Dean & Associate Professor

It's difficult to teach the fundamentals of leadership in isolation . . . there is a developed knowledge base . . . [when] you combine it with course work, with work with industry, with real life experiences, the two become very powerful.

Emory Zimmers


Director Enterprise Systems Center

Program Director

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