5 Leadership Actions That Improve Productivity
All good leaders and managers have one driving force in common – the need to improve productivity and to therefore make a very positive, and regular, contribution to the bottom line.
A sharp and early focus upon securing long-term, sustainable benefits is a key driver, linking to the leader or manager’s role to influence, motivate, and encourage all your staff.
Driving forward for more productivity requires a clear focus on the following areas:
- Focus on communication
Good leaders and managers know that communication is vital. This generates trust and in setting goals and targets. Communication, when done well, creates a sense of companionship which makes deciding upon stretching targets easier to sell and which makes achieving them that much more likely as shared goals deliver collective action
- Focus upon the details
Make sure that you have the right quality and quantity of data to allow you to move forward towards your goals. This does not mean waiting endlessly for the perfect picture before acting but being realistic about what you have and what you can do with it.
- Focus on collaborative tools
Use technology as much as possible in delivering a team ethos, even if some of your team work away from the office. In this way decisions can be made in real time with everyone owning the outcomes. Never forget the power of good, old fashioned, meetings as a positive way of generating collaboration and co-operation!
- Plan weekly and set goals
Every team should have short-term goals to achieve the big ones and it is down to the leader or manager to set these, ideally on a weekly basis. There is much to be gained from having a planning meeting on a Friday morning so that plans and targets for the forthcoming week can be established, communicated and agreed.
- Recognise skill
If you are running a team there is absolutely no excuse for not knowing and appreciating the skills that your people have. Just as important is knowing what their weaknesses are so that you can work to develop these areas and, combining both sets of your knowledge, you can then structure the workload of your team accordingly.
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