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Avoid These Leadership Mistakes on Construction Projects Part 2

In this five-part article, we are discussing leadership in the construction industry. As we discussed in the first section, many contractors fail because they simply have not tweaked their work responsibilities and are not properly taking on the role of managing their workers. Contractors need to properly communicate with and motivate their employees to perform their tasks at the very best of their ability.

As Nashville contractor lawyers, we know that sometimes there can be a fine line for contractors between managing their employees and micromanaging them. We will discuss this more in this section.


One of the scariest words that any leader can be associated with is the word “micromanager.” Although we all enjoy receiving insight from experienced professionals on how to successfully perform our work tasks, nobody wants to be micromanaged. Successful contractors know that they do not need to perform every aspect of a project on their own. In fact, much of their success comes from entrusting specialized tasks to the right professional for the assignments that suit their talents. This not only endorses productivity, but it shows trust in your team.

Leaders Need to Delegate

Many contractors feel obligated to perform the majority of their project’s key tasks. When you fail to delegate key assignments to the right people, this can lead to a variety of serious problems. For starters, when you do not delegate tasks, this only leads to more pressure mounted on top of your daily responsibilities. This can easily lead to more and more stress and even hitting a wall as the burden of completing these tasks becomes too much for one person to handle.

If you fail to give employees the opportunity to rise to the occasion and perform critical tasks, you can not only become overwhelmed with the daily responsibilities you take on but you may also miss the big picture of managing the project. Of course, you also need to consider allowing your workers the chance to develop their own skill set or else you are doing them a disservice as well.

Bolstering Your Workforce

It’s important to remember that deferring to experienced and responsible professionals on essential project tasks is not a sign of weakness. In fact, it can have quite the opposite impact on your work culture. Giving knowledgeable employees the opportunity to positively impact a project not only lets your team members know that you value their opinion, it also helps develop their own leadership skills moving forward as well.

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

If you would like to speak with a Nashville contractor 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.