"The instructors of this course were very passionate about leadership and the importance of strong leaders in business and life. Having instructors like that made the class very enjoyable and a great learning experience. I also liked how engaged the classes were. It was extremely beneficial to hear the other participants experiences and viewpoints on leadership. Throughout this class I was able to get to know myself as a leader, what I need to work on, and the kind of leader I want to be. After completing this class, I feel I have a strong foundation and the tools to grow and be a great leader," said Howe.
Each person participating in the AGC Leadership Academy was tasked with developing a "Model The Way" project. Howe is leading MCL Construction's Habitat for Humanity Builders Blitz efforts. Guiterrez is working on establishing informational sessions for young women at the high school level to engage them in career opportunities in construction. These planned meetings mirror Guiterrez's definition of leadership.
"Leadership to me is having the human connection and emotional intelligence to reach people on a personal level and inform them of the common goal. Being clear and concise enough to let the people around you know not only what the end goal is but why the goal needs to be accomplished and why the efforts of everyone are necessary to get there," said Guiterrez.
MCL Construction is a Construction Manager/General Contractor located in Omaha, Nebraska, and is celebrating its 30th year in business in 2017. It is a Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award winner for innovation.