The Inclusive Engineering Environment: Exploring Company Practice using Various Leadership Approaches
The purpose of this research is to identify how engineering companies in the Midwest are incorporating leadership theories to accommodate the growing number of women and nonconforming genders entering the engineering industry. This research examines what methods and tactics from leadership theories the companies are exploring to make the women and nonconforming gendered engineers feel comfortable and connected within the company. In order to test the methodology of the companies, I will conduct interviews and surveys with women, nonconforming gendered engineers, and HR representatives to collect information on these individual’s satisfaction and company policies. The results of the study will be analyzed to assess if certain leadership theories provide a more inclusive environment for engineers, while giving attention to the Adaptive Leadership Theory. The results will also be used to analyze the effectiveness of the company in providing an open and inclusive environment for women engineers and nonconforming gendered engineers.