As a supervisor, whether a Foreman or Superintendent, your overall goal should remain the same. You need to create and maintain common purpose. Everyone on the site should be working toward the same goal. The unity needed to accomplish the job on schedule and within budget will only happen with everyone involved in the project buy-in.
Every team needs a leader, someone calling the plays, and making sure that the focus needed is maintained. The most important part of the title and position is Accepted Leadership. As a leader of the job(Superintendent) or of a crew(Foreman) the same applies, you need to gain trust from those that work for you. The quickest way to gain trust is to prove yourself as a leader. This is accomplished through the following skills-
- Your ability to implement Effective Processes for all phases of your scope. The Subs or Crew need to trust your decisions and sequencing. If you change directions every day they will throw your directions out of the window, knowing it will change.
- As always Excellent Communication is one of, if not the most important skill any supervisor needs for others involved to buy into their plan. You could have the best plan possible and have it all figured out in your head, but if you can't communicate it clearly, it will never happen.
- Trust comes from Solid Relationships. You might not like everyone you work with, but as their leader you need the best relationship with them possible. If you and someone on the job don't get along and don't try to, they aren't going to be very likely to follow orders, or at least in a timely manner.