5 Qualities of Great Construction Project Managers
All great construction projects require the efforts of countless skilled workers, hundreds of specific tasks, and the leadership of a great construction project manager.
However, inexperienced project managers have the potential for greatness, but they must possess five crucial abilities to become a
“Great Construction Project Manager.”
Great Construction Project Managers Communicate Clearly and Effectively
Communication skills lie at the heart of nearly every activity on the planet, and construction project managers need to understand and apply effective communication throughout a project. Without communication, skilled workers will be unable to perform to the best off their abilities. Furthermore, a project’s progress may be completely derailed as a result of poor communication skills.
A great construction project manager must be able to transcribe intricate project details into smaller, easy-to-complete activities. Furthermore, clear communication skills lead to the delegation of tasks.
Project Managers Need to Delegate Tasks
Construction projects are not single-person events; although, some may argue one person contributed significantly to the outcome of the project.
Project managers must be able to delegate tasks to skilled workers throughout project timeliness. This may include selecting different workers with alternate duties to perform specific activities or delegating individuals to oversee smaller portions of the overall project.
Reassess the Current Project Status and Prioritize Activities
Throughout a project, discrepancies in available versus needed resources, including workforce and physical resources, require project managers to frequently reassess the current project’s status and prioritize activities and tasks appropriately.
For example, a sudden change in weather could result in failure to complete roofing activities. As a result, these workers may be reassigned to other tasks. This example may also be broadened to encompass general contractors who may be experiencing their own issues with available workers outside of the company.
Problem Solving Skills
Every construction project comes with challenges, obstacles, and problems hidden in the background from conception. While it would be nice to believe nothing will go wrong, it’s best to err on the side of caution by planning for the unknown. However, no one will be able to identify every possible worst-case scenario, and construction project managers need to have advanced problem solving skills. This will allow a project to adapt and grow as the project develops.
Furthermore, construction projects may experience additional problems, such as community backlash or political opinions, which threaten to hinder progress. Problem solving skills are especially crucial when a re-evaluation of progress results in changes to project deadlines.
Understanding the Importance of Teamwork
Although much of a project’s outcome relies on the skills of the construction project manager, the end result would not exist without the cooperation of all workers and team members in a project. A great construction project manager understands this, and he or she will need to make every effort to create a “let's-work-together” environment of trust and appreciation. This may be something as simple welcoming feedback through communication, or project managers may spend additional time in the field with workers.
Being a construction project manager is not enough to guarantee the success of a project. Great construction project managers utilize five skills, ranging from communication to teamwork, to ensure a project’s success and a high return on investment.
Key Skills Needed to Become a Great Construction Project Manager
Communicate clearly and effectively to others involved in a project.
Delegate tasks to those capable of completing them, or assign workers to oversee areas of a project.
Evaluate progression and adherence to deadlines on a routine basis. When something changes, you may need to re-prioritize your planned activities and tasks.
Develop problem solving skills by considering potential problems faced in a project. Come up with solutions to problems that others have not considered.
Create an environment of teamwork and willingness to help coworkers.
If you haven't developed these skills already, you should consider devloping and working on them today.
About Jeff Collins
Hi there, thanks for reading! As the President of IMS, I’ve just about seen it all in the project management industry. I’m happy to share my experiences to help managers and organizations improve their project performance. Please reach out to our team if you’re struggling to achieve your goals. We’d love to work with you to discover the PM solutions you need for success.