5 Ways to Become A Better Leader In The Construction And Engineering Industries..
The famous “leader vs. boss” stereotype paints a powerful image of what a true leader really is: someone who can stand in the front of team while also working beside them. This being said, being a good leader is about being a team player as much as being the main decision-maker and source of guidance. If you are interested in becoming a better leader yourself, here are five things to keep in mind when working in the Construction and Engineering Industries.
1. Remember Respect Is Earned
A good leader leads by example. You need to show your team that you are worthy of your position, and you aren’t just willing to lead your team but to also work next to them. Talent, after all, thrives when it is given the right resources and leadership to flourish. Once you earn your team’s respect, they will be loyal to you and be empowered to bring their best work to the table.
2. Be Open To Learning From Your Team
Just because you’re leading your team doesn’t make you an expert at everything. This being said, it’s always a good idea to get input from members of your team and learn from them. Asking them to share their knowledge can lead to more frequent collaboration and exchanges of ideas. Moreover, you’ll learn from their expertise, which can help you be more informed about ongoing projects and tasks.
3. Avoid Micromanaging And Let People Grow
A leader’s role is to empower their team, not to control them. This being said, you want to give your team room to grow, which means micromanaging is out of the picture. Trust that they will do their job well and establish a collaborative feedback system so that they know what to improve on and the goals/responsibilities for project and there job.
4. Encourage Healthy Disagreements
If everyone was always agreeing on everything, it’d be difficult to figure out what your team is doing right or wrong. This is why it’s a good idea to encourage your team to speak up if they disagree with you.
5. Have A Good Sense Of Yourself
Being a good leader starts with knowing who you are and being truly self-aware. You’ll know your strengths and weaknesses, which will make it easier for you to know when to step in and step back.
Michael DeSafey is a leading executive recruiter for professionals in the construction, engineering and environmental industries. He is currently the President of Webuild Staffing www.webuildstaffing.com . To learn more about Michael or to follow his Blog please visit www.michaeldesafey.com