Critical Leadership Style Actions for Improving Construction Personnel Performance in South Africa

Authors

  • Chijioke Emere
    Affiliation

    Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, P. O. B. 524, 2006 Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Clinton Aigbavboa
    Affiliation

    Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, P. O. B. 524, 2006 Johannesburg, South Africa

  • Wellington Thwala
    Affiliation

    Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, P. O. B. 524, 2006 Johannesburg, South Africa

https://doi.org/10.3311/PPar.17505

Abstract

The successful performance of any enterprise is connected to adequate leadership. For construction, leadership is much needed to effectively manage the project team towards achieving the set goals. Hence, certain leadership actions are conducive for boosting the performance of the relevant stakeholders and personnel in any project undertaking of which will, in turn, contribute to timeous project delivery. This paper aims to investigate the critical leadership style actions essential for the enhancement of personnel performance in the South African construction industry. The primary and secondary research data were collected through a structured questionnaire. The survey was conducted in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. Respondents were construction professionals selected using heterogeneity and convenience sampling techniques. Data were analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 25.0 software. Mean values and standard deviation were computed, and the ranks of the outputs were established. Findings from the study revealed that by giving proper instructions and clarifying procedures jobs are completed on time. Additionally, the involvement of team members in decision-making helps build trust and facilitates a good relationship in the work environment. Furthermore, the study revealed that recognizing personnel contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence is vital for optimum performance. Other notable findings include the provision of necessary resources while letting them do the work, and the ability to make quick decisions. The study findings add to literature particularly on certain style actions to be adopted which will aid effective leadership in construction project delivery in South Africa.

Keywords:

construction industry, leadership, leadership theory, leadership styles, organizational success

Published Online

2021-12-21

How to Cite

Emere, C., Aigbavboa, C., Thwala, W. (2021) “Critical Leadership Style Actions for Improving Construction Personnel Performance in South Africa”, Periodica Polytechnica Architecture, 52(2), pp. 165–172. https://doi.org/10.3311/PPar.17505

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