Ironworkers and Contractors Meet to Upgrade Leadership Skills in Colorado Springs

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More than two dozen ironworkers and contractors met in Colorado Springs, Colorado, November 1-6, 2015, to better prepare themselves as leaders through the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) hosted Leadership Experience course.

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Developing strong ironworker and contractor leadership will only help us continue to complete projects safely, on time and on budget.

Complexity and change are constant challenges in today’s business environments, especially in the construction and design industry. Strong, effective leadership is critical to survival in today’s dog-eat-dog business settings. More than two dozen ironworkers and contractors met in Colorado Springs, Colorado, November 1-6, 2015, to better prepare themselves as leaders through the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) hosted Leadership Experience course.

“To have so many ironworkers and contractors come together wanting to upgrade their skills is really inspiring,” said IMPACT CEO Kevin Hilton. “Developing strong ironworker and contractor leadership will only help us continue to complete projects safely, on time and on budget.”

This five-day, 40-hour training course was created based on the logic that all great organizations have one thing in common: exceptional leadership. Since its inception in 2012, the Leadership Experience has evolved. Beginning as a pilot conducted at the Maritime Institute in Baltimore, IMPACT has refined the course to cater to what Iron Worker leadership needs. IMPACT has partnered with FMI, the leading construction industry consulting firm, to offer the course.
“Across the board, we have the most productive, most highly trained workers in the field,” said Iron Workers General President Eric Dean. “Strong leadership is the defining trait of all successful business enterprises, and training our already stellar workforce to be great leaders will take work on the jobsite to a new level.”

Through the course, attendees gained valuable personal and professional skills, such as networking, giving and receiving effective feedback and conducting successful assessments. In order to attend, registrants must have a minimum of five years’ experience in a related career, work in a leadership role, be sponsored by a contractor or local union and receive approval from IMPACT leadership.

“[The Leadership Experience] was a life-changing event, and I connected with a lot of quality contacts,” said Ryan Sullivan of Evergreen Erectors, Inc. “Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity.”

“This is a program that will enhance any individual in any position to work as a better team player, so all win in the end,” said Lintec, LLC President Linda Beaulieu after a previous Leadership Experience.

To date, IMPACT has offered seven Leadership Experience courses and one refresher.

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