By Kim Slowey

Construction project managers are in high demand at the moment. If you’re thinking of becoming one, what skills and traits will you need?

We talked with Brian Binke, president and CEO of Detroit-area construction executive search firm The Birmingham Group, to find out what assets employers today want their project managers to have.

Communicator with social skills

The construction industry once celebrated the my-way-or-the-highway type personality, according to Binke, but today’s project manager needs to be a diplomat who can work effectively with owners, subcontractors and other project players. This is due in large part to the popularity of the design-build method, which requires teamwork and collaboration.

Project managers also must be able to articulate and present project details to the owner and the rest of the team in a way that is easily understandable to all parties, Binke said. They should also have the knack of bringing out the best in the people working under them.

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