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Initial Findings from Survey on Leadership Development in a Women's Engineering Community in the U.S.

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Recently, I conducted a survey among a small US-based sample of members of a global women’s engineering community. I wanted to explore women engineers' attitudes and behaviors about leadership. I was hoping to discover ways to promote women engineers’ leadership in corporate and entrepreneurial environments. This is some of what I found.
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  • 1. The Professional and Leadership Development Project By Leann Pereira 9/03/2016 catchleann@ gmail dot com ldaspereira@usfca.edu Recently, I conducted a survey among a small US-based sample of members of a global women’s engineering community. I wanted to explore women engineer’s attitudes and behaviors about leadership. I was hoping to discover ways to promote women engineers’ leadership in corporate and entrepreneurial environments. 100% of respondents were women. Respondents were based in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Most of the respondents were in the 30-39 age category. The respondents varied in the amount of work experience they had (63% of the women were employed full-time).
  • 2. The Professional and Leadership Development Project By Leann Pereira 9/03/2016 catchleann@ gmail dot com ldaspereira@usfca.edu 94% of respondents were college educated and 27% had graduate-level degrees. 70% of respondents had no experience on a founding team of any kind of organization. 62% of respondents had initiated at least one major project in their careers.
  • 3. The Professional and Leadership Development Project By Leann Pereira 9/03/2016 catchleann@ gmail dot com ldaspereira@usfca.edu In terms of leadership attitudes and behaviors, 100% of respondents believed that others could benefit from their knowledge. 28% of respondents believed that leaders must demonstrate exceptional skill. 97% of respondents believed that leadership is skill that is developed with practice.
  • 4. The Professional and Leadership Development Project By Leann Pereira 9/03/2016 catchleann@ gmail dot com ldaspereira@usfca.edu 100% of respondents believed that if a person made the effort to, that they could learn effective leadership skills. 100% of respondents were willing to try new leadership behaviors Nearly 90% of respondents were willing to construct a leadership development plan.
  • 5. The Professional and Leadership Development Project By Leann Pereira 9/03/2016 catchleann@ gmail dot com ldaspereira@usfca.edu 63% of respondents have identified a specific leadership goal that they would like to pursue. 70% of respondents can explain their leadership goals to others. 75% of respondents have not designed a leadership plan for themselves in the past year.
  • 6. The Professional and Leadership Development Project By Leann Pereira 9/03/2016 catchleann@ gmail dot com ldaspereira@usfca.edu 70% of respondents do not know how to construct a leadership development plan. 81% of respondents believe they are aware of their strengths and weaknesses with regard to leadership capabilities. 84% of respondents are comfortable mentoring others.
  • 7. The Professional and Leadership Development Project By Leann Pereira 9/03/2016 catchleann@ gmail dot com ldaspereira@usfca.edu 97% of respondents are comfortable being mentored by others.
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