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Advanced Leadership for Engineers - I

Dominic P. Perrotta, P.E., CSE

Course Outline

A. Maximizing Leadership Skill

1. Converting Your Capabilities into Abilities

a. Strive for Perfection, Achieve Excellence
b. Education (Requirements & Preferences)
b. Training and Experience

2.  Leadership

a. Significant Inherent Qualities
b. Acquired Techniques

3. Communications Techniques

a. With Subordinates and Peers
b. With Other Leaders &Supervisors
c.  With Executive Management

B. Maximizing Management Skills

1. Understanding Company Responsibilities and Goal

2. Team Building

a. Knowing Your Organization
b. Making Quality Assignments
c. Communicating Your Objectives and Goals

3. Motivational Skills

a. Creating Teamwork
b. Resolving Organizational & Personal Issues

4. Going Beyond Company Requirements

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

All engineers, architects, and contractors.

Benefit to Attendees

You will develop the leadership qualities and strategies that should make you management-promotable.

Course Introduction

Most engineers go throughout their careers with their heads down, seldom looking at the horizon or even peering over the fence. Their immediate objectives are to perform the tasks at hand, regardless of the situations that they face or the environments in which they labor. While this is noble and most managers  could never find fault with this attitude for the short term,  the great majority of engineers have well above average intelligence and are capable of much more than what they are currently doing.

In this course you will learn about the qualities of leadership and the techniques and aptitude required to develop these qualities for both the short term and the long term. In addition we will familiarize the engineer with the management skills to rise up through the ranks of the management ladder, utilizing these skills not only within your internal organization, but also applying them in a marketing and customer environment that will enhance your opportunities for growth and promotion.

The course is divided into two separate parts, each of which is intended to improve the capabilities of an engineer in the overall business community. The first part describes the steps necessary to become a top quality leader, and discusses the principles, strategies, and education necessary to be considered for a higher leadership role. The second part of this course deals with the actual fundamentals of managing, whether it's a small team or a department, or even a large organization. The course describes in detail the ways that an individual might be considered for a more important position, and how an engineer should take advantage of training and experience opportunities that become available, while maintaining a conscientious effort toward self-improvement.

You will be made aware of how to develop skills that will enable every member of your organization, large or small, to perform at an optimum level. Examples are given of solutions to problems that are encountered as your new assignment unfolds. You will also learn how to develop and utilize core principles to recognize problems or difficult situations as well as the skill set to resolve them through training and experience,  As you will discover by reading and studying this course, having personal discipline is very important to an engineer who aspires to management level. Keep in mind that this course is only a recommendation for what you will need to do to be successful.

Course Content

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Advanced Leadership for Engineers - I

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Course Summary

This course has been divided into two distinctive categories:

  1.  Maximizing Leadership Skills
  2.  Maximizing Management Skills

In each category the author has described which qualities are inherent in your character and need to be improved, as well as what techniques a leader/manager needs to develop and implement in order to advance within the organization and the company.
Each section contains real life accounts of people who utilized the strategies described to provide strong leadership and management for their organizations and companies. Users of this course who follow its strategies and guidelines should greatly improve their opportunities for advancements and promotions.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.