Here are some must-have resources for young engineers interested in developing their leadership skills.
Below, I mention a number of my favourite books. You can get any one of these books for free in an audio version with Audiobooks.com’s 30-day trial, if you’re the auditory type like I am.
- I’m a huge fan of Jim Collins. His books, including Good to Great, and Great by Choice are excellent reads for anyone interested in business and leadership.
- Anthony Fasano works as a full-time engineering career coach. His book, Engineer Your Own Success, is an excellent resource for any engineer looking to boost their career.
- The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss actually changed my life. It opened up a totally new way of thinking about work and getting things done. This is a must-read for anyone who thinks that there’s a smarter way to work
- The Trusted Advisor is all about how to model professional relationships after real relationships. It provides some excellent advice, and is especially pertinent to anyone in consulting.
- Getting Things Done by David Allen is among the best reads in personal productivity out there.
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a classic book on how to reorient your life to, well, be more effective.
- The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is an excellent resource that is able to really dig into what exactly leadership is all about.
- Eat That Frog! is a collection of tips and life hacks that will help you get more done in less time.
- Conducting Informational Interviews – An awesome free guide from www.engineeringcareerlauncher.com on how to explore careers and research companies.
Courses and Continuing Education
- My (old) favourite online to-do list – Remember The Milk.
- My NEW favourite online to-do list – Asana.
- Never forget anything again with Evernote.
- Skitch is a product in the Evernote family for annotations and markups. I’ve started using this for schematics markups, and it’s awesome.
- The Engineering Career Coach blog by Anthony Fasano and co. is an excellent resource for engineering career development and leadership skills.
- The Engineer Leader is a blog by Christian Knutson. Christian is a P.E., PMP, and serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Chris knows a lot about engineering, and a lot about leading people.
- The 4-Hour Work Week blog never fails to deliver on interesting case studies, especially in the area of personal productivity.
- The “At Work” section of the IEEE Spectrum blog has great career and educational articles.
- Engineering.com. The name pretty much speaks for itself. I contribute to the jobs section of this site regularly.
- David Allen’s GTD Times Blog is an excellent resource for personal productivity.
- Morgan Bakies has an interesting blog about women in engineering and working abroad. Morgan’s passionate about engineering education – definitely worth a look.
- Being Brunel – Notes from A Civil Engineer is exactly what you might think. An excellent resource for civils and all other engineers.
- Engineer Your Life is a site and blog that Erica Lee Garcia runs. She’s an engineer, a coach, an entrepreneur, and full of awesome ideas.
- Engineering Career Launcher– An awesome site dedicated to straight talk, soft skills and support for aspiring engineers.
- The Engineering Career Coach Podcast – The single best podcast out there dedicated to helping engineers.
- The Harvard Business Review IdeaCast is pure gold, and is very often leadership-oriented. Check it out!
- Eng-Tips is an awesome forum to get your technical questions answered by other engineers.