Purpose of program is to equip and energize our members to become effective leaders
ITE's Experience with Leadership Development by Becky White, PTP, Sain Associates, Inc.
ITE’s Experiencewith LeadershipDevelopment Becky White, PTP Sain Associates, Inc. ASCE Monthly Luncheon December 2, 2010
Presentation Outline SDITE Leadership Program Background Approach Program Overview Personal Experiences Open Discussion
What Is SDITE? Southern District Institute of Transportation Engineers Nine Southeastern States Alabama Georgia Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina South Carolina Tennessee Virginia Composed of Transportation Professionals from Private & Public Sectors (Engineers & Planners)
Key Question What’s keeping our members from becoming more-effective leaders? Too busy to figure out how to do better?
Background Outcome of SDITE 2010 Strategic Plan Two member surveys -- compelling need! 86% indicated leadership development is training needed 60% did not know where to get training 72% indicated ITE should establish a leadership program SDITE Board Mandate → establish a program! Volunteers prepared training materials
What’s Different? First known ITE Leadership Program Overview, practical, and “how to” training Based on members needs Focused on outcomes and application Developed by experienced/committed volunteers (SDITE Leadership Oversight Team)
Pilot Session GoalsLeadership Team facilitates workshops in each Section for 12-15 upcoming leaders Low Attendees motivated to acquire Cost! leadership skills and willing to facilitate future workshops 2-3 year results: 100-200 future SDITE leaders with a road map, ITE passion, and ownership of leadership development
First Pilot ProgramParticipants In TheGeorgia Sessions
SDITE Approach Provide a clear road map Condensed reading materials Engaging - dialogue / shared experiences Facilitated by senior SDITE leaders Team building / program ownership (Importance of Section Champions) Emphasis on implementation and evaluation
Program Overview Leadership Overview Five Key Leadership Characteristics Eight Core Management Practices
Key Leadership Characteristics Creating a Having a Positive Shared Vision InfluenceDeveloping New Creating Leaders Positive Change Demonstrating Character
Core Management Practices Conducting Effective Meetings Communicating Effectively Building Effective Relationships with Elected Officials Creating Vision and Action Plans Identifying and Engaging Stakeholders Mentoring Others Evaluating Leadership Effectiveness
“The Results” “The SDITE leadership program was incredibly motivational and has armed me with excellent tools to be a more effective leader” “Excellent program to develop and improve ITE members to become leaders and to give something back to ITE” “Leadership training had been sorely lacking in our profession…something that is absolutely necessary for success in our careers”
Personal Observations A retreat type setting is helpful Small groups support interaction and relationship building A mix of young and seasoned professionals is best Allow time for dialogue and “war stories” Multiple smaller sessions are better than one marathon session Learning that isn’t internalized won’t be retained The true test of effectiveness is changed
What’s Next International ITE Task Force to adapt program for use nationally Alabama Section ITE to host the program for ALDOT in December & January Other Sections in SDITE to host program for members during 2011
Leadership development may be a long and winding road . . .
Open Discussion Do you agree that Leadership Training is an under served need among engineering professionals? Do professional organizations like ASCE have a duty or opportunity to provide leadership training? How can young professionals best tap into the wisdom and experience of senior professionals?