Stepping Into Engineering Leadership

Recognizing the Importance of Leadership During COVID-19 and Beyond

Leadership has never been more important than right now. Hear what this roundtable had to say about preparing the next generation of leaders.


Do Leadership and Social Skills Come Naturally to Civil Engineers?

What if people with certain traits and behavior styles were naturally attracted to certain jobs or professions?

That might help explain why certain people act the way they do on the job and outside of work. It might also explain why people who exhibit very good professional or interpersonal skills may have a challenging time when it comes to other kinds of skills.

Although we can’t generalize across the entire population, we can determine where someone’s strengths lie and where they don’t. After all, very few people are “naturals” with every behavior pattern.


3 Keys to Leading Teams and Fostering Relationships in a Virtual Environment

Looking for ways to lead virtually? Here are some practical tips.


Influence Others Without Positional Power

Do you need to be a manager to lead? Here are some tips on leading without being “the boss.”


Navigating Difficult Conversations

Leadership requires having difficult conversations. Check out this webinar in how to navigate these conversations graciously!

  • 1.  Stepping into Engineering Leadership

    Posted 09-14-2020 04:48 PM
    Leadership is more than just "being the boss." Check out these resources to learn how you can start leading the engineering teams you work with! Please ask any questions you have about leadership in this thread.

    Tirza Austin
    Manager, Online Community
    American Society of Civil Engineers
    1801 Alexander Bell Drive
    Reston, VA 20191

  • 2.  RE: Stepping into Engineering Leadership

    Posted 09-30-2020 03:35 PM

    Indeed, a leader's accomplishment excels when he or she is able to ride over the temptation of being bossy. Thanks Tirza for bringing out the issue.

    Here are some lines from my
    Leadership and Management piece: . . . A leader should be strong to articulate ideas and visions to arouse emotions in his or her favor to make a difference – in resolving the conflicts of interests and demands as an accomplisher – not as a boss. To quote President Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919): People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives. A leader is at best when he or she avoids being bossy – because bossy attitude creates distance and invites indignation, envy and unwelcome responses from team members and associates . . .





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    Vancouver, BC, Canada