Leadership Development for the Engineer

With New Emphasis on Generational Differences

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Purpose and Background

A senior engineer executive recently said, “I can always find a good tuba player but I have one heck of a time finding a good conductor.” In this new century, the engineering manager must not only be technically competent, but must possess the leadership or “conductor” skills to move the organization forward. The need for leadership skills is particularly important in this time of change and complicated by the explosion of new technology. Often, the most successful, technically competent engineers move into positions of leadership. The characteristics that earned the engineers the leadership positions (such as independent achievements and focused technical interests) are often the very characteristics that will lead to failure as a leader. Although engineers continually develop new technical skills, they receive little training to develop and hone their leadership skills. This seminar, designed for engineers, will help you to develop or expand your leadership skills and will provide tools needed for your success. This seminar will guide you through the steps required to become a successful leader in an engineering organization. You will recognize the need for honing not only your technical but also your leadership skills. You will understand the differences in and the need for the “art” of leadership and the “discipline” of management. You will be introduced to important leadership philosophies and powerful tools and have the opportunity to apply many of them in the seminar setting. Each Attendee Earns 1.6 CEUs.

“This seminar is a must for all engineers who want to transition into a leadership role in their career.” – Majia Hedayati, Sr. V.P., STV Inc., New York, NY

Upcoming Seminar Locations:

Orlando, FL / November 7-8, 2013 (Hotel Info)
Colorado Springs, CO / January 23-24, 2014 (Hotel Info)
San Diego, CA / March 27-28, 2014 (Hotel Info

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Jim Marino, P.E., D.CE 

Topics Covered

  • Leadership defined. Participants will identify the characteristics of a good supervisor. Through discussion of the characteristics, the definitions of “leadership” and “management” will evolve. These characteristics will be compared to those of a good engineer. Dealing with generational differences will be a major theme throughout the seminar.
  • Situational leadership. A model will be presented relating leadership style to the development level of the individual. An evaluation will reveal the participants preferred leadership style. Guides to effective delegation will be presented.
  • Motivating during change. Participants will understand the dynamics of motivation and change. They will develop their own plan for motivating during change. The participants will then be challenged with the question: “Can you really motivate another person?”
  • Communications – men and women. Types of communications will be demonstrated and discussed. A highly thought provoking exercise on gender communications will be undertaken. Through additional exercises and discussions, an effective method for providing feedback will evolve.
  • Decision making. Structured processes will be presented to maximize both the quality and acceptances of decisions. These processes will be used to solve problems presented to the participants.
  • Team building. A group development model will be presented that will reveal to the participants how teams evolve and develop and the corresponding appropriate leadership styles.
  • Ethics and Self-Assessment. In order to understand and sensibly apply the ASCE Code of Ethics, the code’s origin and evolution will be discussed. ASCE’s role in developing a code for global ethics will be presented. The leader’s role in establishing the organization’s moral climate will be understood. The seminar concludes with participants delving into their own value “centers” to determine if they are in sync.

Seminar Benefits

  • Learn how to successfully lead an organization
  • Gain an understanding of yourself and your people
  • Gain an understanding of generational differences
  • Learn how to apply the “art” of leadership and/or the “discipline” of management
  • Learn how to apply appropriate leadership styles to the situation
  • Learn how to apply systematic decision making processes
  • Learn how men and women communicate in the workplace
  • Learn how to effectively communicate and provide feedback
  • Evaluate your value system as well as the values of those being led
  • Learn your role in establishing the organization’s ethical climate

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of engineers (including self) and understand how these characteristics reflect in their leadership styles
  • Apply the appropriate leadership style as a function of the situation, including the impact of gender and generational differences
  • Maintain and motivate during change
  • Implement techniques to improve communication, decision making, and team building skills
  • Understand the evolution of our Code of Ethics to properly apply word and spirit of the current Code

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

Students’ achievement of the Learning Outcomes will be assessed through the use of group exercises and a self-administered evaluation quiz.

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Who Should Attend?

The seminar is structured for civil engineers or other technical professionals in a leadership position, or those aspiring to move into a leadership role.

Registration Fees 

$1,275 Member | $1,495 Non-Member  

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Summary Outline

Time:  8:00am – 5:00pm


  • Introduction
  • Leadership Defined
  • Situational Leadership
  • Motivating During Change

DAY 2 

  • Communications: Men and Women
  • Decision Making
  • Team Building
  • Ethics and Self-Assessment
  • Closing

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Hotel Information

Discounted hotel rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. See discount deadline and rates for each hotel below.

NOVEMBER 7-8, 2013
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista
1850 Hotel Plaza Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Phone: 407-828-4444
ASCE Hotel Rate: $109 Single/Double
Hotel Cut-Off: 10/3/2013

JANUARY 23-24, 2014
The Mining Exchange Wyndham Grand
8 South Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-323-2000
ASCE Hotel Rate: $145 Single/Double
Hotel Cut-Off: 12/22/2013

MARCH 27-28, 2014
Bahia Resort Hotel
998 W. Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: 858-539-7700
ASCE Hotel Rate: $169 Single/Double
Hotel Cut-Off: 3/5/2014

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