Herculean efforts won’t always get you ahead
January 7, 2013
By Canadian Consulting Engineer
PSMJ Resources, business management consultants for the construction industry design professions, have come up with five "Traits NOT Essential to Leadership":
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.