In this five-part article series, we are discussing leadership in the construction industry. We are also focusing on the leadership tendencies that contractors do not want to associate themselves with. Ineffective leadership can make any project susceptible to failure.
As we discussed in section one and section two, many leaders are ineffective because they refuse to delegate important tasks to their employees. In some cases, contractors can micromanage so much that they create a negative workplace. In this section, our Nashville construction litigation attorneys will discuss contractors that fail to be successful leaders because they are simply not doing enough to develop their workforce.
Not Paying Attention
Many contractors simply do not provide enough time out of their busy schedule to help the workers improve their performance. Although it’s understandable that a project leader can get sidetracked with all of their important responsibilities, this neglect can also be considered a “hands-off approach.” This can lead to an employee making a critical mistake on a project because of the contractor’s negligence. Of course, these situations can be avoided by giving one-on-one attention to employees to ensure they are prepared for their tasks.
Failing to Provide Feedback
Whether it’s coordinating a productive schedule or practicing better listening and attention skills with your staff, it’s critical that leaders give enough time and attention to their workers to ensure that everyone is performing their jobs accurately and effectively. Contractors need to provide their workers with insight into their performance as well.
One-on-one meetings not only give the employee helpful advice on their performance, but it also gives them the opportunity to voice any concerns they are having. For example, many recent studies have shown that millennials actually prefer constant feedback from their employer instead of the antiquated annual review approach. It’s important to focus on the most recent trends and implement them into your workplace practices.
Often contractors provide direction to their employees; however, they assume that their workers fully understand all of their instructions. Failure to verify that your employees are on the same page as you can lead to significant gaffes on projects. Whether or not these performance mistakes should have been made by the worker, if the leader did not confirm that their employee understood the direction then they need to provide better instructions to ensure everyone is on the same page.
For more information on leadership in the construction industry, please read sections four and five.
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.