In the first two months of every year, ASCE holds three Multi Region Leadership Conferences. These conferences provide attendees with valuable opportunities to learn more about ASCE, practice leadership skills, network with civil engineers at all stages of their careers, and develop new ideas on how to improve the programs and activities of Sections, Branches, Younger Member Groups and Student Chapters.
At the first Multi Regional Leadership Conference in St. Louis, Mike Loose, an ASCE Fellow and Vice Admiral, United States Navy, Retired, gave a motivating talk on being a civil engineering leader. What makes a great leader? Is leadership a learned or inherited trait? Mike talked about the Vince Lombardi quote that said, “Leaders aren’t born, they are made. They are made, just like anything else, through hard work. That’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal or any other goal.”
Do you agree?
From student chapter president to ASCE president, the majorty of the leadership skills I enjoy today are the result of my ASCE service. That learning and supportive environment of fellow ASCE members has been invaluable. Those priceless skills have carried over to my professional and personal life in so many ways.
How has your ASCE service shaped your professional leadership skills and success? How have you supported fellow members’ leadership skills development? Do you offer the opportunity to practice, even fail in order to learn?