The productivity of your firm is directly connected to the good leadership that you provide to your team. It’s important to learn what leadership styles are most conducive to productivity, and what styles should be avoided. As construction recruiters, we work with successful construction firms every day that provide exceptional leadership. Through many years of experience, we have seen what it takes to improve a firm’s productivity and efficiency through good leadership.

What Doesn’t Work

First, let’s start by defining what doesn’t work when you’re trying to improve productivity. Here are a few mistakes that keep teams from being as effective as they could be.

  • Leaders who are too focused on reactive measures rather than staying proactive. You might not be able to prevent all bad things from occurring, but you can assume a forward-thinking position that helps stay ahead of the curve.
  • Managers who are overly optimistic or pessimistic. You need to establish a healthy balance in order to boost employee morale and make the best decisions for your team.
  • Micromanaging your team. You want to maintain a firm control over your team, yet you need to let them know that you trust them.

Here is a checklist of the leadership qualities and styles that will help spark productivity from your team:

1. Authenticity

Authentic leadership includes being honest and transparent. Behaving in a fake manner is both mentally and physically exhausting, and your employees will eventually feel the lack of integrity. Leading in a way that is true to your core values and beliefs will encourage your employees to be more productive.

2. Leading by Example

Concentrate on setting a good example for the members of your team. Practicing good time management skills will transfer to the rest of your firm. Show them that you are dedicated to completing the projects that matter the most first. Outline all of the key goals for your construction estimators, project managers, and superintendents to keep them on task.

3. Admit Mistakes

Don’t be afraid to accept responsibility and admit when you’re wrong. Passing the blame onto your employees will lead to reduced morale and higher turnover.

4. Give Credit Where It’s Due

Take the time to recognize your employees for their growth and achievements. In our organization, we believe in lifting each other up through collaboration and encouragement. Don’t be that leader that takes credit for all of the success of your organization. Rather, motivate your team to achieve their goals through positive reinforcement.

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