ASTM Intl. launches leadership program

January 7, 2013

International standards development and delivery organization ASTM Intl., W. Conshohocken, Pa., has launched the Leadership Connection initiative to raise awareness regarding the many opportunities available for hands-on leadership experience available by engaging in ASTM technical committee activities.

The program emphasizes how professionals can leverage their ASTM membership and involvement on standards-developing committees to enhance communications skills; strengthen conflict resolution, team-building, and negotiating skills; gain leadership experience; improve organizational skills and familiarity with parliamentary procedures; interact directly with leading industry and government stakeholders from around the world; and represent their company on major standards-related issues and initiatives.

A newly launched section of ASTM's website serves as the gateway to the program's resources. This area of the site includes reference articles outlining strategies for succeeding as a standards professional; best-practice guidance for technical committee officers on orienting new members; and information for employers highlighting the value and impact of standards on business growth and corporate performance.

A mentoring program within the initiative pairs a new ASTM member with a seasoned one for personalized instruction on the inner workings of ASTM technical committees.

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