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  • Writer's pictureJohn Macedo

Improve your Construction Leadership if you are not a "People" Person

Updated: May 25, 2022

​👉🏻When it comes to gathering inspiration throughout our everyday work-life, the best and brightest great leaders are the ones who specifically inspired us. If this has been the case for you, the chances are high that some of your previous bosses have inspired you to do the right thing at one point throughout your life.

▶️However, if we take a look at real-life examples, not a lot of people out there study or practice Construction Leadership skills. Not many people have a natural knack for leadership either.

✅You see, throughout your lifetime, the chances are high that you have had a boss at some point that had a natural knack for leadership. Someone who didn’t study it, but was born with it, like a talent. It is very similar to the sort of things football players have, where some have a natural instinct to know when and how to kick the ball, even without too much training.

Luckily for you, you do not have to specifically be a natural leader in order to find a solution for your specific issue.

✳️If you need more people on-site, but are just not a people person, there are a few basic things you can do in order to get out of your situation safely.


Ever since Spades was founded, we have considered leadership skills to be among the most important aspects of running any business, and the labour hire industry is no different. Throughout this article, you will find some of the best and proven ways through which you will have the most effective results within your company.

All of these are specifically used by us here at Spades with proven results and we swear by these methods.

There are three leadership skills and styles and it is up to you to decide which one works most efficiently for you.

➡️First, understand The Boss type– the decisions are made by a single point and driven by the leader’s instincts, drive, and creativity. All significant decisions cross one desk and run through one pair of ears as a result, you've got The Boss type. The leader is involved in every sale and is the chief of the organization. ➡️Second, you have The Inspirational Leader- the evolution of The Boss model. Collaboration here is present and is much greater than in the command and control model. The boss has a large personality and remains the chief when it comes to the decision making process. The difference is in the fact that the inspirational leader is much more collaborative and evolving. ➡️Third, you have The Millennial Leader – millennials are currently coming to the age where they can work in the construction industry and as such, the perfect leader needs to understand their mentality, needs, desires, and work-flow.

Note: Millennials have way less respect for ranks and strict procedures. They value creativity and freedom. Keep this in mind regardless of your opinion of how things SHOULD be.


Through understanding how you lead, you can elaborate more on each individual step of the way towards future leadership. Start noticing the little nuances in the things you do, and in the way you address, communicate with, and appreciate your workers. The more time you commit to effective communication, the better leader you will become.

• Encourage Problem-Solving.

There are many ways through which you can encourage problem solving and creativity, but at the end of the day, the most important and influential thing you can do is be there with the workers when they need you. Inspire them by asking them questions, and generally have discussions about what they think about a certain project or situation. Delegating responsibility is also a great way to throw them into the deep-end quickly.

• Serve as a role model.

Make the steps that you want other people to emulate (it works for employees and any other relationships too). Be a role model for them, and give them something to look forward to. Make promises about promotions, and actually live up to those promises. Do NOT behave in ANY way you'd like them to behave.

• Be professional about what you do.

If you are serious about the job you do, the chances are high that people will notice that and in turn, push the project further as a result. When you are truly ethical and professional about something, it shines through you even if you might not notice it initially.

• Have a positive attitude and avoid being grumpy.

This point is pretty simple but rarely done in the construction industry. Keep in mind that people love positivity - even construction workers.

⚡When you are walking to work every morning and you see someone smiling, it just helps you get this positive energy within your system on a subconscious level. The more positive you are and welcoming with your personality, the better your workers will start to respond to your requests. As a result, you will end up being respected more.


Take a moment to consider the possibility that you might indeed have a natural leader employed, even if you are not one.

This is typically a worker that is respected by the other workers surrounding him. Rank within the company does not matter here. If he/she has the authority and people listen to him/her, then that’s your leader.

This person then has the capacity to find other people and employ them within your company due to the high level of effective communication and social prowess.

✳️ Keep in mind that outsourcing LEADERSHIP internally does NOT means that you will delegate the construction management.

You still will have to deal with all of the management associated with the logistics, handle the payroll, insurance, and other things that go hand in hand with onboarding new on-site employees for your construction business.


If none of that seems to work for you, have no fear as there is a solution specifically tailored for you.

You can always hire a Labour Hire company such as Spades in order to handle this onboarding process for you. We will essentially be the managers and leaders in your workforce. If you are in the construction industry, we are happy to connect all the dots for you, even in the BIG teams.

▶️The biggest advantage of using a labour hire company is due to the overall payroll costs associated with onboarding new members. You also gain benefits such as time-saving, improved productivity, flexibility, and provision of specialized technical skills.

The utilization of a labour hire company is just what you might need to expand your business. While you handle the construction management of the projects and bid for contracts, we will handle your staffing needs and ensure that you are equipped with a solid workforce that can meet and conduct real-world projects.

You can even go one step further and include payroll and tax as well as worker’s compensation related activities in this project.

These things will eat up a lot of your time if you want to manage them by yourself, so having a labour hire company step in and handle all of this work for you might be a good idea.

⚠️This is an excellent option if you either do not have the time to handle everything manually or are simply not a people’s person and might end up doing more harm than good as a result. Worry not though, as labour hire companies exist specifically to solve this issue for you.


As such, Spades delivers flexible staffing solutions to clients in the construction industry. We are always committed to a long-term partnership with all of our clients.

📢If you need permanent positions or contract roles, be they part-time or full-time, or just casual staff, we have a large database of job-ready candidates that have been validated for work rights, licenses, and qualifications. We specifically go through each and every one of them and conduct background checks in order to ensure that you are getting the perfect people for the job.


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