Learn Leadership Fundamentals Through SWE’s Improved eLearning Series

Need something to keep you occupied while we stay inside? Check out our revamped Leadership Fundamentals eLearning series and brush up on skills necessary to be an influential leader in any setting.

To help you master basic leadership tenets, SWE has revamped our Leadership Fundamentals eLearning series. This series was designed to educate engineers on the skills necessary to be an influential leader in any setting and has been redesigned to suit the modern learner.

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Leadership Fundamentals Module 1 – Defining Leadership

Earn 0.1 CEU

This module helps you explore your personal strengths and weaknesses as a leader. You will first examine definitions of leadership and then consider how leadership skills complement management tasks.

By the conclusion of this section, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the attributes of effective leaders and identify the skills and knowledge needed to lead.
  • Recall the elements of the Situation Leadership Model.
  • Differentiate between leadership and management roles.
  • Review your own state of leadership readiness.

Leadership Fundamentals Module 2 – Communication Styles

Earn 0.1 CEU

As the saying goes, it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. Module 2 of the Leadership Fundamentals series is an introduction to how different communication styles impact your performance. You will learn about different types and styles of communication and participate in a couple of communication exercises. In addition to thinking about communication as the speaker, you will want to pay attention to your listening skills.

By the conclusion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Identify four different communication styles, and apply them to a case study situation.
  • Identify different listening styles.
  • Identify best practices for active listening and effective question-asking.

Leadership Fundamentals Module 3 – Feedback Fundamentals

Earn 0.1 CEU

As you develop in your career, one of the most important skills you will need to develop is giving and receiving feedback. Most of us cringe when we hear the word feedback. In fact, feedback can be a source of great insight, direction and reinforcement. When shared correctly, feedback provides clear and concise suggestions as to how to be more effective.

By the conclusion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Identify the value of constructive feedback as a tool for managing performance.
  • Recognize that feedback provides you with information needed to enhance your performance.
  • Explore the kinds of choices you make about seeking and receiving constructive feedback.

Leadership Fundamentals Module 4 – Leading Teams

Earn 0.1 CEU

Why teams? With an increase in global competition, companies are placing an overwhelming emphasis on greater productivity from a smaller number of employees. To maximize productivity, more and more companies are turning to team-building as an effective and efficient way to achieve their objectives in today’s marketplace.

By the conclusion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Determine the most effective leadership style to use to empower teams to succeed based on what project or development stage they are in.
  • Identify specific measures to use to encourage attributes of a high-performing team.

Leadership Fundamentals Module 5 – Business Acumen

Earn 0.1 CEU

Business acumen is a term used broadly in the business and professional world, generally defining someone as having basic business literacy and familiarity with financial and accounting terms. Having a basic grasp of business is an increasingly important skill, even for professionals at a more junior level. By completing this module, learners will develop a keen understanding of when and how to make the appropriate business decisions, as well as gain a fuller understanding of the business decisions and directions you observe in your organization.

By the conclusion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Describe typical organizational structures.
  • Discuss Novation’s Four Stages™ of Contribution as a framework for increasing one’s organizational impact and influence over time.
  • Describe how to set SMART goals using business acumen.
  • Discuss basic financial documents used in business.

For questions and support for these courses, please email learning@swe.org.

Accreditation Information

Learn Leadership Fundamentals Through SWE's Improved eLearning Series Leadership Fundamentals

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102; (703) 506-3275. In obtaining this approval, the SWE has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET 1-2018 Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider membership status, SWE is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is accredited to issue the IACET CEU. In order to earn CEUs for each course, you must complete the full course and pass the knowledge check assessment with an 80%.

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