I often see arguments on LinkedIn and other blog forums as to whether the best construction project managers should have a tertiary qualification or whether they should have worked themselves through the ranks in the industry. Now personally I believe that a relevant tertiary education adds immense value, but I also know that experience is essential. Having said this though, it’s vital that it is the right experience, gained with suitable mentors that teach people the correct way of doing things, get the basics right and inculcate good habits. Unfortunately sometimes young construction project managers are taught the wrong way of doing things which they then carry into their career as managers. Sometimes these bad habits are then even passed onto the next generation again. Now this is probably a topic on its own which can consume much debate.
However, because a construction project manager has learned, both through tertiary education as well as by experience, the basics of construction management, as well as the principles of construction, does this make them a good construction project manager? I would argue that there are certain qualities that successful construction project managers require. The question is can these qualities be learned or acquired? Maybe they are learned in our early education? Perhaps these are qualities we inherit?
10 Qualities of successful construction managers
What turns an ordinary construction project manager into a great construction manager? I believe the following qualities are important:
Even construction project managers that have the right training and experience can be poor project managers if they don’t have the above qualities.
What do you think makes a great construction project manager?
What other qualities do you think a good construction project manager should have?
Can these qualities be learned?
This article is adapted from information in the author’s popular books: 'Successful Construction Project Management: The Practical Guide' and 'Building a Successful Construction Company: The Practical Guide' and 'Construction Project Management: Tips and Insights'
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18/7/2018 03:34:17 pm
Thanks Dan for your comment. I agree that field experience is essential - but I think it takes more than field experience to make a great project manager. It also depends on what type of field experience and what you learned with that experience. Unfortunately too often young project managers aren't taught the basics properly and learn bad habits. Only yesterday I learned of a horrific accident on a project where 9 people lost their lives - an accident that should have been avoided if the project managers better understood the risks and dangers involved.
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