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IEEE-USA E-Book Challenges Managers to Develop a New Mindset as to Their Role in the Organization’s Leadership

By Sharon Richardson

Leading and Managing Engineering and Technology ” Book 4: What It Takes to Be a Manager-Leader is the final e-book of this series.  It explores managing, leading, and the role of Independent Professional Contributors (IPCs).

Series author, Gus Gaynor, shares that: “Too often, we equate being in a leadership position with the ability to lead. Not everyone assigned to a leadership position really ever becomes a leader.”

He compares leading and leadership to the “idea generator” and the “idea implementer.” Leading doesn’t just involve new ideas, he says, but requires selecting which ideas to pursue, and then living with the successes and failures.

“It’s impossible to manage without leading and impossible to lead without managing,” Gaynor writes.  Further, he contends that if the managing function does not require some level of leading, then the function is not one of managing. Gaynor theorizes that people manage and lead toward meeting some objective or action-but they study management and leadership.

What It Takes To Be a Manager-Leader is not a “how to” on becoming a manager-leader; its purpose is to stimulate your thinking about the requirements for becoming a manager-leader, consider the risks involved, and asks IPCs and their managers to develop a new mindset, as to their  role in their organization’s leadership.

Some of the topics in this e-book include: Managing; Leading; Independent Professional Contributors; Problem and Opportunity Finder; Developing a New Mindset; Examples of Taking the Lead; and Becoming the Manger-Leader.


Other books in this valuable series include: Book 1: Perspectives on Leading and Managing, which provides some basic background related to a critical leadership issue – that technology drives business performance, yet too few engineers and their managers aspire to take on major leadership roles;  Book 2: Developing Leaders and Manager builds on the perspectives presented in Book 1, and examines managing and leading by managers at all levels, and the IPC knowledge workers; and Book 3: Building a Culture that Develops Leaders and Managers gives readers a glimpse of the basics of organizational culture and research, examines the organizational unit culture, and explains how to build a leadership culture.

Download Leading and Managing Engineering and Technology ” Book 4: What It Takes To Be a Manager-Leader for the IEEE Member price: $7.99. The non-member price is $9.99.

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Ideas for New E-Books

IEEE-USA E-Books invites IEEE members and volunteers to submit queries for e-books they may want to write. If you’ve got an idea for an e-book that will educate other IEEE members on career guidance and development topics for engineers, e-mail your e-book queries and ideas to IEEE-USA Publishing Manager Georgia Stelluto, or E-Book Chair, Gus Gaynor.

IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of more than 210,000 engineers, scientists and allied professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE. IEEE-USA is part of IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional society with 375,000 members in 160 countries.

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Sharon Richardson is IEEE-USA’s communications coordinator, and editorial assistant for IEEE-USA in ACTION.

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IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), created in 1973 to support the career and public policy interests of IEEE’s U.S. members. IEEE-USA is primarily supported by an annual assessment paid by U.S. IEEE Members.

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