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Defining Attributes of Construction Project Managers
Construction project management is a demanding job, requiring extraordinary skills and utmost dedication. The construction project manager is expected to be at the site of construction and supervise the work, while keeping track of quality, schedule and budget requirements. They have to address change orders, manage worker teams, and facilitate the smooth functioning of the workforce.
There are specific characteristics that make an exceptional construction project manager stand out from the average ones. They are known for their ability to cope with any problems that might occur at the construction site. They can deliver results well before the deadlines, saving costs wherever possible, and at the same time maintaining the quality of the project. They succeed at what they do because of the following skills:
Communication: Many of the blunders occurring at construction sites can be attributed to the poor communication between the project manager and the workers. A good construction manager conveys clear and concise instructions to the workers and delivers effective results to the clients. They will make use of the latest construction technology to augment their communication with the workers.
Judgment: Construction projects require plenty of time and cost. An excellent construction project manager will always plan and draw viable strategies to minimize the time and cost needed to complete the project. When the project falls behind schedule due to unpredictable circumstances, they will make informed decisions to mitigate the setbacks.
Transparency: An active construction project manager is the one who maintains transparency on the construction site. They are completely aware of their work environment and take practical steps to increase productivity. They ensure that every worker knows the importance of the project and work with them to deliver the optimum results.
Positive Attitude: Exceptional project managers are always enthusiastic in their work. They assist their employees and commend them for their effort. Lively construction managers can not only lift the spirits of the tired workers around the site; their enthusiasm will drive them to be more productive.
Learning Ability: Great project managers are not satisfied with what they know and always try to broaden their reservoir of knowledge. They possess a firm grasp on the most effective strategies and the latest technologies needed to plan and initiate their goals.