AAAE Leadership Development Training

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Foundational Leadership Development Training

Great leaders aren't just born; they are nurtured, developed, and refined. In today's fast-paced aviation industry, the demand for effective leadership has never been greater. The Foundational Leadership Development training program is designed to equip aspiring leaders with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to excel in any environment.

Whether you are stepping into a leadership role for the first time or looking to sharpen your skills, the Foundational Leadership training will become a resource for personal and professional growth.


Training Structure

The training includes seven online modules designed to enhance your command of vital leadership knowledge and competencies. Each online module includes quizzes designed to solidify your grasp of the material; however, your results remain private, and completing the course is not contingent on your score.

Upon completion, you will receive a certificate that can be shared with your employer and, if desired, on professional networking platforms.

The recommended time to complete the seven Foundational level courses is six months.

You can complete the training through three flexible options:

  • Self-paced, independently: Learn at your own pace and schedule

  • With colleagues and friends: Collaborate with peers from your airport, organization, or region for a group learning experience

  • As part of a cohort: Join a structured group to complete the training together, benefiting from a supportive and interactive environment

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Resource Hub

The Leadership Development Training Resource Hub includes comprehensive student and instructor guides for each training module to support your individual or cohort learning.

Foundational Training Courses

The Leadership Development Committee has identified the following courses in the areas of Personal Development, Human Resources, and Career Development as foundational skills every leader needs to be successful


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Members will gain the tools to recognize social biases, respond to microaggressions, and provide resources to create a safe and welcoming work environment


Social Media In The Workplace

Companies should examine how this media affects them and how they can implement ways to move forward with technology without letting it interfere with productivity


Personal Productivity

Members will learn to establish routines, set goals, create an efficient environment, and use time-honored planning and organizational tools to maximize productivity


Managing Workplace Harassment

Workplace harassment is an increasing issue in many organizations today


Interpersonal Skills

Members will develop their communication skills and negotiation techniques, provide tips on making an impact, and advice on networking and starting conversations


Improving Self Awareness

If you become aware of yourself—your strengths and weaknesses—you will better understand the effects you can impose, how to change them, or whether you should


Goal Setting And Getting Things Done

Learning to manage time and set realistic goals will increase your chance of success in every area of your life

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Cohort Learning Opportunity

Participating in a cohort provides the opportunity to learn from and with others, building a strong foundation for your leadership development while also building your network. The AAAE staff will facilitate the creation of cohorts across the membership twice a year, in July and February. Each cohort will be provided with their own community within the AAAE Member Hub, where you can share and discuss topics from the training as you progress. After an initial orientation session with an overview of the training program with staff, the cohort will create its own schedule of virtual discussions after each module. The staff and members of the Leadership Development Committee will check in with the cohort throughout the six-month session on progress and to provide support.


Course Spotlight


Goal Setting and Getting Things Done 

Everyone has dreams and goals. Achieving personal and professional goals, however, requires planning and action. Learning to manage time and set realistic goals will increase your chance of success in every area of your life. Following the advice in this course will help improve your productivity and help you achieve your dreams.  

At the end of this course, members should be able to: 

  • Overcome procrastination

  • Manage time effectively

  • Accomplish important tasks

  • Self-motivate

  • Create SMART goals

About the Leadership Development Committee

The Leadership Development Committee (LDC), established in 2022, is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of industry and association leaders who are engaged, collaborative, innovative, and uphold the highest professional standards.

To support this mission, the LDC has identified the essential attributes and competencies required for success in the airport and aviation industry. We have developed a comprehensive skills matrix that outlines the necessary expertise for various roles in airport management and leadership within the association.

Our training focuses on three key areas:

  • Personal Development

  • Human Resources

  • Career Development