Whether it’s a superintendent, general manager, foreman, or crew leader, there are a few key skills anyone who holds a leadership role in the construction industry will need to have to be effective in their position. As with any set of leadership skills, these skills will never be fully mastered but will need to be continuously developed.

Team – Construction is never a one person show. No matter what the project or task is, it will take more than one person to get it done. This means every leadership position needs to be able to work well with a team. 

Communication – Speaking of working in a team, one critical skill to have in a team is communication. Everyone needs to know what they need to do, when to do it, and how to do it. Managers will also need to communicate with other teams and managers to ensure the project stays on track. 

Procedure – There’s no one right way to do construction, and every construction company will have a slightly different way of doing things. The more a manager understands how the company handles problems and procedures, the more effective they will be at their job. 

Safety – If leadership doesn’t take safety seriously, no one will. To keep everyone on site safe, managers need to have a thorough knowledge of safety protocol and be able to convey the importance of these procedures to everyone they work with.

Decision Making – You never know what problems you’ll run into during construction, so managers need to be able to make fast and informed decisions. To do this, managers need to understand what decisions they can make on their own and what decisions need to be handled by committee. 

At Cowen Construction, we believe employee development is a vital part of providing a superior service. That’s why we ensure every employee in a leadership position has a firm grasp of all the above-mentioned skills. We also do our best to provide opportunities for employees to improve and develop these skills.