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Participants in the TLI must be nominated by a formal INCOSE leader (Board Member, Director, Assistant Director, Chapter President or member of the Corporate Advisory Board) and must be full members of INCOSE, or agree to become full members upon selection.  Nominees are chosen based on proven:

  • Aptitude in both systems engineering and technical leadership
  • Comfort working in an uncertain world and ability to tackle wicked, messy problems
  • Interest in and commitment to enhancing their personal growth in systems engineering leadership
  • Potential for assuming positions of greater leadership in the future


Nominating letters must describe a specific instance of the candidate demonstrating one or more of the following Technical Leadership Behaviors[1]: 

  • Held the vision
  • Thought strategically
  • Fostered collaboration
  • Communicated effectively
  • Enabled others to be successful
  • Demonstrated emotional intelligence


Once nominated, candidates must submit an application package that includes:

  • A copy of the nomination letter from the INCOSE leader
  • A letter of recommendation and support from the candidate’s home organization, including recognition of the required two-year commitment
  • A personal statement describing the benefits for participation the candidate expects will result for themselves, their sponsoring organization and INCOSE
  • A resume describing not only positions the candidate has held but also specific systems engineering results and accomplishments produced


Nominations are solicited in January of each year, application packages are due at the end of March and both should be sent to  Applicants will be notified of their selection by the end of April and will join the new cohort in July.  Interested members should discuss their interest with their Chapter President or Regional Director.  For further information, please contact David Long at

[1] Ref: Godfrey, P. 2016, ‘Building a Technical Leadership Model,’ 26th Annual INCOSE International Symposium (IS 2016), Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, July 18-21, 2016.