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Arnold L. Holm
CM 575
Seattle Campus

Leadership in Construction

Studies leadership principles applicable to the construction industry. Addresses both organizational leadership and leadership of construction processes. Offered: A.

Class description

Somewhat from the Catalogue: This course studies leadership principles applicable to the construction industry. We will address both organizational leadership and leadership of construction processes. The focus of the course will be of leadership positions for the mid-sized General Construction Company, both on the jobsite and in the home office; but case studies including Owners, Owner’s Representatives, Architects, and Subcontractors will also be covered.

Student learning goals

Proficiency in the Principles of Leadership as it relates to Construction

Competency in: Understanding personality and its application to leadership; Understanding group behavior and organizational dynamics in construction; Team building in relation to construction practice; Development of communication skills with oral and written presentations; The role of professionalism and ethics in relation to construction leadership

Awareness of: Leadership research and literature; Individual’s personal leadership potential; Research process and professional report development

General method of instruction

CM 575 is based on interactive discussion to be lead by instructor and student in-class workshops. Students are expected to participate in class discussions. A class project and individual presentations will invoke class discussions and questions of guest speakers. Outside course time will also be necessary to perform research, meet with industry professionals, and write short construction leadership papers.

Recommended preparation

Students should come into this and all other CM Masters courses with a practical understanding of construction estimating, scheduling, project management, and procurement processes.

Class assignments and grading

Students are expected to complete all (approximately 10) homework assignments and turn them in to the instructor at the beginning of class on the dates specified in the class schedule. Grades on homework assignments turned in late will be decremented 25% per calendar date. There will be one final examination in this course. Cell-phones will be turned off during tests (as in all classes) and cannot be used as calculators.

The CM Department grading scale will be used in this course.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Arnold L. Holm
Date: 04/29/2011