How to be a Leader, Not a Boss

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How To Be More Than A Boss: Leaders in Construction
Being a leader in the construction industry is a tough job. You know that the job site is about far more than just a paycheck. You know that the quality of your workmanship, production time, and a safe job site environment is important for success. In order to inspire your team, you have to exude confidence and properly communicate the intricacies of the job.

Knowing Strengths and Weaknesses
Whether permanent or temporary, know your team intimately. This is of major importance because you’ll want to place people on jobs associated with their strengths, not weaknesses. Provide training for your staff in any area needed and be flexible with schedules.

Empower workers by giving them the authority to complete their job. Do this, all while keeping a close eye on productivity. Keep inspiration and interest high by enabling workers to switch up from the usual. Most construction workers have to repeatedly perform a task. This makes them experts, but it can be devastating for morale, which affects turnover rate. Give them an opportunity to shine in multiple areas and keep their work from becoming mundane.

Communicate and Communicate More
Leaders are excellent communicators and this is a skill you will always have to hone. Get feedback directly from your contractor to know how you’re doing and how they view you as a leader. Keep an open door policy that encourages your staff to come and speak with you directly.

This also allows you to respond more quickly to any issues that may come up. Performance reviews may be necessary so your staff completely understands what is expected of them. Include your temporary workers in this, as they have likely worked with your competition and can provide valuable additional insight.

Safety as Always
As you know, construction sites pose a very high safety risk. By putting safety at the top of the priority list, you’re making it clear to your staff what is important- the staff themselves! Staff members have a tendency to mimic what their leaders do. When your staff sees you abiding by safety protocols, they’re likely to follow suit.

Managing your job site and staff as a top leader isn’t as difficult as you may think. Having a plan and sticking to the plan with consistency is key. Providing training gaps to your staff only serves to benefit you and the job site. Know your team well, what they’re good at, and what they’re not so savvy at. Keep the workload interesting by switching it up every now and then. Always remember, when in doubt, over communicate- especially if it keeps your employees safe.

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