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Mr. Okoro has been working hard to revolutionize the engineering and environmental industries in the greater Sacramento area. You can learn more about this here.
As an engineering manager for a number of large firms, Uzoma Okoro has had to provide guidance for diverse teams of engineers, building contractors, and service vendors. Mr. Okoro has made a career of engineering management, including ambitious projects like the construction of the nation’s first LEED Platinum-certified sports arena. Throughout his career, Uzoma has displayed a variety of leadership styles, helping his teams to complete large-scale projects on time and on budget. Today, Uzoma serves as the President of Eco-Alpha Environmental & Engineering Services in Roseville, California. His company has worked with corporate clients as well as a number of government agencies and organizations, providing a wide range of consulting, design, and construction services.
Uzoma Okoro cannot be pigeonholed into any one leadership style. He understands that complex projects and diverse work teams often demand flexibility; one leadership style alone may not be able to address the needs of the project or the personnel involved.
As the manager for engineering teams throughout his career, Uzoma most often employs a democratic style of leadership. He is adept at assembling teams that are committed to one major goal, yet present different facets of knowledge and skill. Uzoma takes the time to seek his team members’ input before making decisions that affect the project and its various demands. By listening to the individual team members, he is better able to handle the complexities and challenges he faces.
Sometimes, however, hard decisions must be made, and Mr. Okoro knows that in these cases, the ultimate responsibility rests with him. Here, a more autocratic leadership style is displayed. While team input can be critical for many of the day to day operations of a company and its projects, there are times when a leader must forge ahead on his- or her own. Uzoma carefully weighs the options available to him and then makes these important decisions based on the evidence he has.
Perhaps his biggest strengths as a leader are his transformational and inspirational styles. Both of these leadership styles work hand-in-hand, bringing the engineering and vendor teams together into a cohesive unit that can tackle projects of the most demanding scale. A transformational leader is known as someone who identifies a problem, then puts together a team to solve that problem, thereby transforming an industry or a project. Engineers are entrusted with developing solutions to problems, and Uzoma excels in this part of the engineering puzzle. His leadership, though, transcends engineering; it encompasses client interaction, team-building exercises, contractor and service vendor negotiation, and many other aspects. In his work, Uzoma identifies parts of a project that need a creative approach. Perhaps a construction problem arises, or an engineering hurdle needs attention. By making this identification early on in the project, he and his team are better able to develop a solution that overcomes the problem, keeping the project running smoothly towards completion.
As an inspirational leader, Mr. Okoro has developed a reputation for team-building excellence. An inspirational leadership style is often needed to bring together a group of people to tackle a complex project. The leader inspires others, getting them invested in the project and helping to ensure that project’s success. During his long engineering career, Mr. Okoro has been able to inspire others in ways that have helped make projects like the Golden 1 Center Arena a reality.