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If I may suggest, the last thing our engineering profession needs to continue is "a widely held stereotype of the personalities of engineers."This view from our past was the result of the sociocultural psychological mores of the times. It was not and is not a "Constant."
While not containing all of the answers we seek, the paper below points us in the direction of the future.
A.L. Monheim, "An Engineering Manager's quick-start guide to managing personalities,"
2007 IEEE International Engineering Management Conference, 2007, pp. 300-303,
doi: 10.1109/IEMC.2007.5235048.Naval Satellite Operations Center, Point Mugu, CA, USA
Most engineering curriculums do not include dedicated courses on managing people.The first experience many engineers have with managing people happens on the job.While there are many tools available on the open market to help,it is often an inefficient process of trial and error to develop a management strategy that works for your unique situation.This paper attempts to provide a starting point for new engineering managers to quickly gain an accurate picture of theindividual and group dynamics within their organization so they can make more effective use of the management tools available.
I am of the opinion that personality and character – are not something RIGID. They are rather TRANSFORMATIVE. One important aspect of it, is defined by one's association, and social interactions – e.g. with whom one socializes and interacts frequently – including the materials of the cyberworld. And of course, education and training play a great role. True, one inherits certain personality traits – from parents, childhood and early education, etc. But those are something – that just defines the beginning – not the whole life – in this context, the professional life.
Neuroplasticity says that one's brain reconfigure things based on one's thought processes, association and practices. So, the issue of personality and character is just a distraction – while the real issues are: competence, experience, education and motivation.
------------------------------Dr. Dilip Barua, Ph.D, P.Eng, M. ASCEVancouver, BC, Canada------------------------------