There are plenty of excuses for not using the third model; I hear them often. There is one reason to embrace it: success. I know firms that are committed to developing leaders at all levels, using a variety of sources and methods. These firms recognize the impact of the small unit leader (the supervisor/project manager) and invest in them often. These firms succeed. They have qualified people on the bench, jumping up to say, "Put me in, Coach! I'm ready!"
Despite the crippling demographics that contractors face today, superior leadership can tip the balance in your favor. Solid leadership will attract quality labor to your firm. And with quality labor, you can knock it out of the park!
Wally Adamchik is the President of FireStarter Speaking and Consulting, a national leadership consulting firm based in Raleigh, NC. You can visit the website at www.beafirestarter.com or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. His new book is No Yelling (www.noyelling.net) is available online.