Leadership Exploration and Discovery (LEAD)

ENGIN 183-003/283-003 · Special Topics in Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship · 3 units

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Leadership Exploration and Discovery (LEAD) prepares technical and business minded students to be leaders at any level of a technology organization. Instruction in this class takes many forms including individual learning through assigned reading, videos, case studies and self-assessments; and in-class learning with lectures, immersive activities, and dynamic guest lecturers. Throughout this course, you will learn who you are as a leader and how you can become the leader you want to be. This course explores key leadership concepts relevant to the high-technology world in firms of all sizes from startups to large corporates. Topics include leadership traits and characteristics, leading when not in charge, leading through change / uncertainty / chaos, creating and leading teams, effective leadership communication, leading remote / distributed workforce, how to promote innovation, and leadership tools and techniques. 

This is an introspective course. Students who push themselves to explore what is important to them and who they are authentically be as a leader will gain the most from this course. This course will immerse students in entrepreneurial leadership concepts, principles, mindsets, behaviors, and philosophies necessary to thrive in technology firms today. The course focuses on building skills such as leading effective teams, leading product decisions, leading in uncertainty, and effective communication. The class will explore leadership at all levels from individual contributor to founder and CEO, and students will examine techniques required for success in various entities. Students will get a sense of how leadership impacts an organization, and how they can lead, grow, and improve to ensure their organizations are effectively led. The goal is to arm students with specific knowledge both about leadership and about themselves for them to be effective leaders now and into the future. 


Carrie Requist Headshot

Carrie Requist is an entrepreneur who has worked at both startups and large corporates as well as  an educator who has taught at  UC Berkeley and Penn State University. Carrie was co-founder and CEO of U Grok It, which was acquired in April '17 after raising two rounds of financing. She is co-creator of a US patent in RFID technology. Crrie is passionate about educating and supporting entrepreneurs. She is the mother of three adult children,  and an optimist who spends her free time kayaking, skiing, and traveling. She received her MBA from the Penn State University in 2011 and her BA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987.

Course Media

LEAD Lecture Sample: Intrinsic and Extrinsic Rewards
Instructor Carrie Requist explains extrinsic and intrinsic rewards and how these apply to leadership.


LEAD Class Activity Sample: Creative Comic

Instructor Carrie Requist leads the LEAD class in one of the many interactive activities (usually one per class) that helps students experience leadership, not just learn about it.


LEAD Excerpts from Guest Speakers

The LEAD class has many guest speakers to give you insight from many different angles. Here is some great wisdom from Dropbox, McKinsey, Harvard Business School, Bootcamp, and The father of the Internet.


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