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Avoid These Leadership Mistakes on Construction Projects Part 1

When completing a project on time and under budget, contractors face a great deal of challenges. Whether it’s a design flaw, meeting owner demands, inclement weather, or a labor shortage, there are a variety of ways a project can get derailed. Delays can affect a lot more than just meeting a project’s deadline. They can destroy a contractor’s reputation and result in needing the services of a Nashville construction lawyer.

Leadership Management in Construction

At Cotney Construction Law, our Nashville construction lawyers know that without an effective leader, the productivity of a construction project will inevitably be compromised. In this five-part article, we are focusing on leadership management in construction. We will be discussing how contractors can effectively lead and manage their employees to ensure that project deadlines are met and that every task is performed to its very best ability. For any legal assistance with your construction projects, please contact one of our Nashville construction attorneys today.

Failure is a Valuable Lesson

Of course, trial and error is a big part of running any type of business. You can often learn the most valuable lessons from your failures rather than your successes. When you are leading, there are many negative character traits you want to avoid associating yourself with. As we will discuss throughout this series, if you can steer clear of these potential leadership pitfalls, you will be able to manage projects more effectively while creating a work culture that helps develop your employees moving forward.

Understanding Your Position

If you want to be an effective leader, the most important thing to remember is that you are in a management position on the project. This may seem obvious, but many contractors fail to properly lead because they have not changed their approach to projects despite the fact that their job title and responsibilities have evolved over the years.

For example, if you are a contractor that has worked their way up to the top of the leadership ranks, your responsibilities have significantly changed since your days working as a subcontractor. Although you may still be one of the best workers on the construction site, it’s important to remember that you are now being paid to manage and lead all of the other workers on the project. As your responsibilities change, the way you approach projects must change as well.

For more information on leadership in the construction industry, please read sections two, three, four, and five.

If you would like to speak with a Nashville construction attorney, please contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.