Program Overview

Gain essential skills to become a successful leader in a technology dominated world

Professional Certificate Program
A series of career-oriented courses to develop in-demand skills.

The majority of challenges that organizations face are technology related. Given the growing importance of technology, the demand for leaders with an engineering background will probably rise. Already a quarter of the CEOs of the world's 100 largest corporations have engineering degrees.

Engineers have the potential to be good leaders. They are analytical and tech-savvy. They are comfortable with figures. They often have a can-do attitude. However, these characteristics alone are not enough to make engineers effective leaders.

In this program, you will learn that a good leader needs at least three mindsets, supporting the development of essential leadership skills:

  • The analytical mindset. This mindset is about the ability to analyze complex problems and opportunities as a basis for making strategic decisions. It is about developing a strategy in a systematic way and preparing for action. This mindset taps into the strengths of engineers.
  • The influencing mindset. Designing solutions and strategies, however, is about more than analysis. In our interconnected and complex world, leaders are faced with stakeholders, both internal and external, who might have completely different views. Problems and challenges are often ambiguous. This mindset looks at all these issues and finds common ground and ways of producing willing consensus in teams and stakeholders.
  • The sensemaking mindset. The first two mindsets require a high tolerance of complexity. Leadership is also about inspiring and convincing people and teams inside and outside the organization. This mindset is about translating complexity into powerful and concise messages so people can understand and make sense of the complexity of their world.

These three mindsets are indispensable for good leaders. They sometimes conflict and they often require completely different skills. In this program, you will be familiarized with each of these mindsets and discover how they can support you as a leader.

Job Outlook

  • More than 80 percent of responding employers said they look for evidence of leadership skills on a candidate's resume. (NACE’s Job Outlook 2016 Survey)
  • Engineering team leaders earn on average $ 96,701 per year. (PayScale)
  • The median annual Engineering Manager salary is $ 131,122, as of April 29, 2018. (SalaryCom)

Real Career Impact

"Engineers underestimate their role in shaping the future of their organizations and our world at large. It is time to step up. This Professional Certificate Program of TU Delft truly prepares engineers for managerial and leadership positions. The program addresses key challenges in making decisions regarding business strategies, managing people and influencing key stakeholders, and executing convincing and skillful communication, in situations that are often ambiguous and uncertain." — Peter Ligthart , Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates

What You'll Learn

  • How to apply a set of practical analytical techniques to support business planning and strategic decision making
  • How to encourage multiple stakeholders with different interests to cooperate
  • How to recognize team dynamics and handle both individual and team issues
  • How to gain support from senior management and your teams


The Professional Certificate

Created by leading companies and top universities, Professional Certificate programs are a series of in-demand courses designed to develop the critical skills needed for today’s top jobs.

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Courses in this Professional Certificate Program