Emerging Leader


The Emerging Leader program consists of 13 sessions during a year-long period. Classes begin Sept. 19, 2018.

Fees: $2,800 for the first registrant from an ABC-member company and $2,600 for each additional registrant.

Class Times: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.



Program Overview

The Emerging Leaders program has been designed to provide education and training for future construction company professionals who want to enhance their skills. The program consists of 13 sessions taught by top industry instructors covering construction specific topics every business professional needs to know. The program will run over the course of a year. As part of the program, participants are invited to attend the 2018 Human Resources Conference AND the 2019 SuperCon. There will also be three networking opportunities for participants to meet with peers and other ABC members.


Topic Outline

Day 1 - Transitioning From Employee to Leader: The Big Picture

There is no doubt that “moving up the ladder” in a company takes a different set of skills than are required on the job site. Emerging leaders will examine the transitional skills needed to become successful business professionals.

Join your classmates and graduates of the previous Emerging Leaders program for refreshments after the first session.

Day 2 - Interpersonal Skills: Know Yourself to Lead Others

Great leaders need to know how they view the world before they can effectively work with others. Emerging leaders will take the DISC personality profile to provide a foundational understanding of various personality styles, starting with their own. Participants will study the impact interpersonal skills have within their construction teams.

Days 3-4 - Company Culture & Employee Engagement

(Location is the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells)
The culture of an organization is determined by the core values, behavioral expectations and actions of a company’s leadership. Emerging leaders will identify key elements required to create reinforcement patterns within the company culture, allowing all employees to positively affect the bottom line. Participants will learn how to develop and foster a company culture that encourages employees to do their best every day.

Human Resources Conference (Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells)
Each Emerging Leader will chose from a wide variety of HR topics.

Day 5 - Labor Law & Compensation

Emerging leaders must know the proper response when an employee asks questions. Participants will review the critical legal “dos” and “don’ts” to these questions. In addition, participants will receive an understanding of compensation, a critical management component. Participants will review key information on this topic and how it relates to working in a merit shop environment.

Day 6 - Aligning Ethics, Integrity & Human Relations

This section will provide scenario-based training on ethics, integrity and honesty as it relates to the project superintendent position.

Days 7-8 - Strategic Planning & Your Professional Presence

(Location is the Glacier Canyon Lodge in Wisconsin Dells)
Long-range planning and creating a vision for the company are often forgotten – but important – responsibilities for an emerging leader. Participants will learn ways to boost their presence as a leader, both within their company and within the construction community.

Networking reception with ABC members prior to SuperCon

SuperCon (Glacier Canyon Lodge)
Each Emerging Leader will chose from a wide variety of leadership topics.

Day 9 - Construction Law, Contracts, Issues & Resolutions

Understanding construction law and the contracts involved in everyday business is an imperative skill for emerging leaders. Participants will cover the basics of construction law, contract documents and contract modifications. Common legal issues encountered by construction companies will be identified and solutions and strategies will be discussed.

Day 10 - Connecting the Dots Between Branding, Marketing & Sales

Understand the differences between branding and marketing and how they work together to drive customer engagement and, ultimately, sales. This section will explore where your brand comes from and the steps to create a marketing plan designed to generate new business and strengthen relationships with existing customers. It will also discuss the power of your culture in leveraging employee influence to advocate for your company, and promote your brand.

Day 11 - Bonding, Risk Management & Safety

Emerging Leaders need to have a comprehensive understanding of bonding. Participants will review construction surety bonds, including bid, performance and payment bonds. The discussion will offer insight on what is needed to secure surety credit along with contractor characteristics and relationships that lead to the most favorable credit. Participants will cover the importance of safety and risk management from a business operations perspective.

Day 12 - Financial Management & Succession Planning

Budgeting and strong financial management are a part of business. Emerging leaders will learn to set up strong internal financial controls along with reviewing how to read, understand and make decisions based on balance sheets and financial statements (and the difference between the two). Guidelines and advice on how to develop a strong working relationship with financial institutions will be examined. Succession planning strategies will be discussed by a panel of industry professionals who have successfully gone through the process.

Day 13 - Tying It All Together/Graduation

In this four-hour session, Emerging Leaders will be challenged to use the skills and knowledge gained throughout the program. Final thoughts, questions and goals will be examined.

Graduation luncheon will follow in Wisconsin Dells. Employers and families are invited.

Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin
5330 Wall Street, Madison, WI 53718

Phone: 800-236-2224 or 608-244-5883
Fax: 608-244-2401
email: info@abcwi.org