It was interesting to read your article on leadership (28 September, page 54) as it is an area the industry needs to take more seriously.

Unsurprisingly, all interviewees listed personal attributes, and not technical skills, as the key to good leadership. Vision, passion and the ability to motivate is clearly what differentiates leaders from managers.

Our leadership conference in November will showcase some of the industry’s most inspiring leaders. Now is the time for many more to develop their own leadership skills if we are to capitalise on the global opportunities available to us. If we do this, I believe construction is more than capable of developing the same calibre of world-class leaders as other sectors of the UK.

Don Ward, chief executive, Constructing Excellence