The Construction Leadership Institute (CLI) kicked off its tenth year when it convened the program’s 2013 session on January 11. The CLI is a joint program of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s (SIUE) School of Business and the Department of Construction in SIUE’s School of Engineering.

The curriculum is designed to develop and hone leadership and communication skills as well as critical professional skills. In addition to an emphasis on leadership and effective communication, segments of the program include training on relationship building, business development, finance, construction contracts, insurance and bonding, human resource issues, conflict resolution, and legislative issues impacting the industry.

The 27 individuals in the class of 2013 represent a broad cross section of the St. Louis-area building community. “Our participants greatly benefit from the diverse perspectives of their peers from across the Illinois and Missouri building industry,” said Chris Gordon, co-director of the CLI and chair of the Department of Construction.

Companies represented in this year’s program include Alberici Constructors, Ameren Missouri, Byrne & Jones, Cardinal Painting & Drywall, Contegra, Foresight Services, Inc., Icon Mechanical, IMPACT Strategies, J.F. Electric, Johnson Controls, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., Kwame Building Group, MC Industrial, McCarthy Building Companies, Nooter Construction, Northstar Management, Plocher Construction,  RCS Construction, S.M. Wilson & Co., Scales Plumbing Co., Subsurface Constructors and The Korte Company.

The class of 2013 brings the number of building industry professionals that have attended the program during its 10 year history to 235. “Business success in the highly competitive building industry requires exceptional leadership, management, and people skills,” said Sandra Hindelang, co-director of the CLI and director of Executive Education in SIUE’s School of Business. “In the CLI, we’ve packaged those skills into a convenient, accelerated program using both faculty and industry professionals as instructors. Professionals, who have participated in the CLI, now serve in leadership roles for St. Louis area contractors, facility owners and professional services firms.”

The program is held on nine consecutive Fridays and concludes on March 8.