Construction Manager Skills in the Spotlight

Construction Manager Skills in the Spotlight

10th June 2015

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER SKILLS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

If you’re employed in a construction management role, then you’re probably devoting a lot of your time analysing the performance of your workers and the success of your projects.  However, if you have any interest in career development, then improving your own performance as a manager is vital.  Today we’re taking a look at how you can effectively analyse your own performance so that you can make the improvements necessary to ensure a successful career in the field of construction management.

MEASURE FOR SUCCESS

When it comes to management it’s vital to have clear measurements to determine success.  If you want to be a successful and effective manager, then you’ll need to take a close look at your own methods of operation and determine where improvements can be made.  When it comes to analysing the progress of your workers, then make sure that you ask the right questions during any appraisals and that you give plenty of encouragement. 

COMMUNICATE CLEARLY

Being proactive and communicating effectively is essential if you want to be a successful manager.  Try to ensure that you communicate regularly and clearly with your workers about their performance, encouraging them every step of the way.  If you should need to give guidance, then be clear and polite at all times.  When asking your workforce to perform particular tasks, always ensure that they have fully understood what you’ve asked them to do and that they have all the tools and equipment needed to get the job done.

LOOK FOR INSPIRATION

If you’re looking for ways in which to become a successful leader then take a look at some of the leading figures in society today who are using innovative and effective methods of leadership.  Look to the people you admire in the worlds of business, politics, sports and entertainment and work out what it is they do that makes them unique and successful. You could even look at other construction managers whom you admire and adopt some of the methods they use to deal with their business and their workforce.

USE CLEAR DIRECTIONS

As the construction manager you are the person who is responsible for understanding and maintaining the vision of every project undertaken.  When the project is handed to you make sure that you fully understand the brief and then direct your workforce accordingly, always making sure that the vision you’ve interpreted is passed along to them.  All of this information needs to be communicated clearly and cohesively in order for the project to retain integrity throughout.  Make sure your workers are clued in to the project’s vision and always keep this in mind when giving day to day direction.

Make sure that you re-evaluate yourself on a regular basis, using the above criteria to ensure that your career as a construction manager adds value to your projects, to your business, to your clients and to your workforce.