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There are of course many different management styles, each with varying degrees of success, but the military likes to train its leaders to lead from the front i.e. lead by example. the best “manager” I ever had was my squad leader in 2014, Sgt. Raught, who never asked anythingof his subordinates that he either hasn’t done, wouldn’t do, or isn’t doing. He also understood that there is a tool for every task, and he knew how to use each of his soldiers as such, so that, each of his subordinates could apply his individual skill to accomplish a job better than anyone else. I will deviate from my stance just a little to say that he provided each of his soldiers with the opportunity to do great work, when given the proper direction. works cited: Code of Ethics. (n.d.). Retrieved November 10, 2018, from Rick,
I can definitely see how your experience with two very different managerial styles wouldinfluence your opinion on the question at hand, and I agree that a good manager will apply his or her subordinates efforts in meaningful ways so they can contribute to a common goal, but I disagree that providing such work should be there responsibility, or that it should fall under the engineer’s code of ethics. Your previous manager was definitely at fault for impeding your efforts to contribute meaningfully, and it sounds like your new superior is helpful in assigning meaningful tasks for you, but ultimately, it should fall to the individual to find meaningful ways to contribute. I might sound hypocritical when I say that a good manager might apply his subordinates effectively, but that doing so isn’t their responsibility, but what I do is a good example of the point I’m trying to make. My job in sales is to find new leads, everything after finding a lead falls to my ability to analyze the needs of the customer and my knowledge of the product, but without leads, none of that matters. My manager will sometimes provide me with help finding leads, whether it’s from his experience with tips on how I can work in new and more effective ways, or just passing along information given to him about new leads, either way, a good manager will provide that assistance, but ultimately, it’s my responsibility, not his, to find those leads and make those sales. I’m glad your enjoying your new position though. It sounds like you’re doing some really cool work.-TylerWe studied three examples of engineers entering politics in the first half of the twentieth century—scientific management, Herbert Hoover, and technocracy. Even though none succeeded enormously, which do you think offers the best model for future engineers interested in politics and why? Do you think engineers should be more involved in politics than they are?