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Avoid These Leadership Mistakes on Construction Projects Part 4

In this five-part series, we are covering many of the most challenging aspects of leading a workforce. When it comes to managing a construction project, a contractor must always be mindful of their management style. In sections one, two, and three, our Nashville construction attorneys discussed many ways that a contractor can be perceived as a poor leader. In this section, we will discuss some more undesirable character traits of an ineffective leader.


You may be the best at what you do. You may have the most insight and experience in the type of project you are working on as well. However, even if you have decades of experience managing projects, workers generally do not respond well to supervisors that present themselves as the “know-it-all.”

This type of attitude can easily create a negative workplace with many of the employee’s having contempt for the person in charge. It’s also important to remember there are always changes to the construction process with new technologies to utilize and ways you can approach a project. Regardless of your level of experience, every contractor should try to learn something new every day and resist the urge to present themselves as the know-it-all.

Hypocritical Leaders

Supervisor-level professionals need to always keep in mind that once they leave the construction site that their leadership responsibilities do not leave with them. In other words, you must always set a good example for your employees. If you took the time to develop policies and lay out the ground rules for your workplace, you must be at the forefront of abiding by these company policies. Afterall, how can you expect workers to respect the rules if you don’t?

Remove the Ego

Although it may be “your company” or “your big project,” it’s important to remember that construction work is always a team effort that relies on several highly specialized and talented professionals to complete the assignment. It’s also important to remember that the results, successful or not, impact everyone involved on the project. Effective leaders constantly keep in mind that it’s not always about them. In fact, the best leaders know that they must remove any ego and put everyone else’s needs before their own.

For more information on leadership in the construction industry, please read section five.

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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.