The other day while talking to construction management students I was asked what a construction manager should do to become successful. My answer was that they need to have knowledge and experience of the industry, but as important is to master many of the soft skills that are often not taught at college or university such as being able to communicate, negotiate and delegate.
In this article I discuss important habits that successful construction managers should master.
10 habits of successful construction managers
Good construction project managers:
There are many who think that a degree or college course can make them a construction manager. There are others who may have years of construction experience yet are still ill equipped to be a good construction manager. Yet much of what’s in the above list isn’t included in university and college curriculum. Good construction project managers mentor people that work with them so they can be the next successful construction managers.
Construction project managers need to get the basics right. They should understand the principles of construction but as important is to understand the principles of management and master the softer skills of people management.
What do you think makes a good construction project manager?
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21/8/2018 12:49:53 am
21/8/2018 12:50:28 am
Thanks for pointing out that a good construction project manager will be able to make timely and informed decisions. My husband and I are planning to have a house built and we're currently looking for someone to manage the construction. I appreciate you pointing out that making decisions well is an important factor that will influence the quality of the project. I'll definitely take this into consideration as we continue looking for a project manager.
21/8/2018 09:27:19 am
Thank you Amy for your comments.
30/11/2018 10:46:49 am
You make a good point that when a manager delegates that they need to make sure the person understands and can accomplish the task themselves instead of just telling them what to do. This is definitely important in construction as you want to make sure the people working on the building can do the tasks accurately and can notice when problems arise. It would be good to find a construction manager that will delegate and clearly explain tasks to workers so you won't run into problems later.
30/11/2018 12:18:06 pm
Thanks Hazel, effective delegation is vital to the development of people. Construction is a team effort and it's impossible to do everything yourself.
9/1/2019 10:50:01 am
Come the spring, I'm going to be doing some major home remodeling work and I know that I'll have to get the help of someone. Of the things you said here, I do think that having a manager that communicates well is one of the bigger things. Everyone needs to be on the same page as everyone else. That and they should be able to let people know if something is wrong in a polite manner to avoid conflict.
9/1/2019 11:40:53 am
Hi Caden, thanks for reading and commenting on this article. You're absolutely correct when you say that everyone needs to be on the same page. This is particularly important when remodelling your house - you need to engage a designer and builder that you can talk to and that understand your vision. Sure they will also have some good ideas and steer you away from making bad decisions, but it's all about being able to listen, share ideas and not one party going off in a completely different direction.
2/4/2019 03:20:27 pm
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2/4/2019 03:33:46 pm
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