Success in the highly competitive building industry requires exceptional leadership, management and communication skills. The innovative Construction Leadership Institute at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has packaged those skills into a convenient, accelerated, nine-week program.
Over the course of its 15-year history, CLI has seen many of its more than 300 graduates advance to prominent positions across the building industry. It is a joint program of the SIUE School of Business and the School of Engineering’s Department of Construction.
Our mission is to improve the processes and outcomes of the building industry by preparing the next generation of leaders. In pursuing its mission, the Construction Leadership Institute has prepared professionals from more than 100 firms to serve in leadership roles across the St. Louis region.
The curriculum is designed to develop and hone effective leadership and communication skills. Other segments focus on crucial professional skills such as strategic thinking, networking, negotiation, finance, construction contracts, insurance and bonding, as well as risk and conflict management. The instructional team includes building industry professionals and subject matter experts.
Participants gain the skills and experiences necessary to advance as an emerging leader in the building industry. Program participants explore innovative project delivery approaches and become attuned to emerging opportunities and challenges impacting the industry. CLI’s final session features a panel of building industry leaders sharing their strategies for success.
The CLI program runs every January-March. The next program is scheduled for Jan. 11 to March 8, 2019. Registration begins in July 2018.
Chris Gordon, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, School of Engineering
Associate Professor, Department of Construction
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Director, Executive Education
School of Business