While construction techniques have changed significantly, one constant has always remained true in this industry: great leaders produce outstanding results.
The construction industry has witnessed more than a few setbacks in the last few years, with quarantines, a broken supply chain, soaring fuel and materials costs, and the loss of workers as they switched careers or opted out of work altogether.
And yet some construction firms are still booming. They have an endless supply of work, their teams enjoy what they do, and customers find immense satisfaction in the completed projects.
What’s making the difference?
A great construction leader!
What’s in the Toolbox of Great Construction Leaders?
Today’s construction industry demands that great construction leaders come equipped with well-defined skills.
As Digital Builder points out, ” Quality leadership in construction is more vital today than ever before. In this changing and uncertain world, leaders must be able to adapt to the times to ensure they are supporting their teams and clients in the best way possible. So what makes a quality construction leader in the current era? Here’s a look at the essential skills today’s construction leaders should develop to create stronger businesses and remain resilient, relevant, and ready for the future.”
These six skills make every great construction leader indispensable. They:
- Communicate their vision. The leader can explain what has to happen and how to do it. Directions are clear, and misunderstandings are few.
- Include all stakeholders in their decisions. Leaders recognize that those in the department or in the field may have better insight into how to solve a problem and let them do it.
- Accept responsibility. Leaders never blame someone else for mistakes.
- Deliver accountability. Construction leaders understand that any final product must pass inspection before an owner takes occupancy of the structure. If something isn’t right, they get it fixed.
- Adapt and adopt. The leaders who can be flexible are some of the most successful managers and bosses in the industry. They’ve learned to make adjustments and change when necessary.
- Use the best tools. Getting the job done is about having the right tools. The best ones may cost more, but they save money in the long run because they don’t have to be replaced as often. Equipment isn’t the only tool necessary for the job, however. Leaders also stay current in new building technologies by continuing their education — perhaps the best tool of all.
Putting your skills to work
Word gets around in the construction industry. If you want to take your skills where they will be most appreciated — and rewarded — start by talking with your recruiter.
If you’re ready to optimize your recruiting strategy, connect with Raymond Search Group today.