American Society of Civil Engineers

Establishing and Building Leadership Skills

by Bob Prieto, (Senior Vice President, Industrial and Infrastructure Group, Fluor, 103 Carnegie Center, Suite 300, Princeton, NJ 08540 E-mail:

Leadership and Management in Engineering, Vol. 13, No. 3, July 2013, pp. 209-211, (doi:

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Document type: Feature Article
Section Heading: Other Features
Abstract: Leadership skills are central to the success of any organization. Whether that organization is a project, a program, a company, or even a nation, leadership is essential. In this paper, I will examine two different aspects of leadership. The first originates from the individual perspective, namely, how do each of us become leaders? What are the skills, traits, and characteristics of leaders? And, conversely, what are their obligations? The second aspect of leadership flows from one of the obligations of leadership, specifically, how do you build a culture of leadership in your organization?

ASCE Subject Headings:
Continuing education