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Herculean efforts won't always get you ahead

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PSMJ Resources, business management consultants for the construction industry design professions, have come up with five "Traits NOT Essential to Leadership":


• Herculean work effort. Those who work long hours are often praised as loyal leaders who establish a "standard" to emulate. But a person's effectiveness is the real measure of a true leader. There is a difference between effectiveness and "being busy."

• Technical capability. Controlling the technical direction of the project is certainly important, but this does not equate to strong leadership. How often have members of the firm been elevated to a position of leadership based on technical proficiency alone?

• Intimidation. As a management style, intimidation leads only to short-lived success. It also drives away followers, and every leader needs followers in order to succeed.

• Reporting status to clients. This is an important role, but not a leadership role. A leader will go a step further and maintain a rapport with the client.

• Keeping record of who is responsible. A leader will never make excuses like "The contractor didn't understand the job," or "Principals kept charging to the job." A good leader takes responsibility for the project's success or failure.

The tips were published in PSMJ's December 13 Newsletter, courtesy he Professional Services Management Journal.

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