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Leadership ability is just as important as the technical background and work experience of HVAC engineers. According to Rubber World Industries (RWI), leadership skills should always be considered as a key competency among HVAC engineers because they match the technical expertise of engineers to perform tasks efficiently and effectively.

Leadership training essential for HVAC engineersThe National Society of Professional Engineers defines leadership skills as including the ability to assess risk and take initiative, the willingness to make decisions in the face of uncertainty, a sense of urgency and the will to deliver on time in the face of constraints or obstacles, resourcefulness and flexibility, trust and loyalty in a team setting, and the ability to relate to others. These are critical in the HVAC industry where it is necessary to run businesses and projects smoothly.

For these leadership skills to be practiced, the HVAC engineer doesn’t need a specific top position like a project leader, technical manager, or executive leader. Even an entry-level engineer can exercise leadership qualities with the tasks given to them.

However, it is a must for those who are at the top of the career ladder to act as leaders – regardless of the industry they work in. They have much bigger responsibilities to perform, more critical challenges to face, and many people to manage. It is expected from them that with the position they hold, they are bound to be effective leaders.

To be successful as engineering leaders, HVAC engineers have to display 10 key leadership behaviours as listed in the Volume 12 of The Psychologist Manager Journal:
• Consulting, or checking with others before making plans
• Delegating, or distributing the work with others and giving them substantial responsibilities
• Influencing upwards, or appealing to those at the top
• Inspiring, or motivating others for them to be committed and enthusiastic with their jobs
• Mentoring, or facilitating skills development and career advancement
• Networking, or developing and maintaining useful relationships
• Problem solving, or acting decisively on matters that should guarantee results
• Rewarding, or providing recognition and praise for those who did well
• Team-building, or encouraging co-operation and resolving conflicts
• Supporting, or assisting others who need help.

While leadership skills do not always reflect in the CV of HVAC engineers, they can become apparent during the job interview. However, RWI recommends all HVAC engineers take leadership training in order to ensure quality of service and smooth operations.

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