We all come from diverse backgrounds in construction. Union, non-union, administrative, trades, high school or college. Your experience forms a base instinct that drives how you react every day. It makes you feel comfortable in stressful situations … like you have control. As you grow as a leader, you try to find balance in your thoughts and actions to relate to people and situations. But, the constant pressure of construction tends to pull you back to your base instinct. Strive to realize that under pressure you will go back to what makes you comfortable. As a leader, step back and assess what is really needed and adapt your reaction to the specific circumstance … even if it is uncomfortable. With consistency over time, you will find balance in your reaction to issues.
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