SWE’s leadership competency model was created through member interviews along with a survey of current SWE leaders and those involved in training SWE leaders. The data collected from these interviews and surveys helped us find themes of what is valued amongst the membership regarding leadership. The model was largely developed with the intention of guiding our professional development of future and current leaders within SWE. As SWE continues to grow its professional development program, the competency model will serve as the basis for developing leadership skill-sets. In addition to informing our process of developing leadership curricula, the competency model will be used to help members reflect and assess where they may need to hone their leadership skills. The leadership model as it currently stands consists of four areas:
- Leadership Abilities
- Business Knowledge
- Self Management
Each of these four categories includes several specific leadership competencies that a SWE leader should strive to learn. The competencies, or skills, that they learn and hone will serve them well as leaders within SWE and also within their careers.
One high-level goal is for the skills that members develop through our professional development programs to be transferable to the workplace. This is where SWE provides value for our membership.