“Today is the deadline! You promised me that project would be done on time! Why is this project late?” “What are you going to do to get this job done now!?” If you have heard these statements and questions as a leader, you are not alone.
Get Your Projects Done on Time
Leaders everywhere are trying to produce quality results on time and within budget. In leadership, it is very important to get your desired results. So how do you get your employees to produce the desired results? It starts with two things.
First, you must properly explain the desired outcome at the start of the project.
In order to get the desired results, leaders must clearly explain their expectations. They must also identify the scope of the project and give clear objectives. In addition, the leader must let each person know what their specific responsibilities are and how their part fits into the entire project. Once you, as the leader, show them the big picture, they will have a greater sense of purpose as they do their part. In line with setting clear expectations, you must lay out the timeline, so everyone knows their due dates. As a final step, you must hold each person responsible to do their part. When they don’t do their part, you must follow through with the consequences.
Second, you must follow up on the progress of the project periodically.
Ultimately, every leader should have employees that are such talented communicators that you never have to follow up. Your employees would keep you informed on everything you needed to know so you wouldn’t have to ask for the information. In reality, however, that is not always the case. To be an effective leader you cannot be afraid to ask follow-up questions. Follow-up questions will help you understand the status of each project. They also help you to get answers as questions come up. As you ask questions, you may see areas for improvement that will bring up additional questions.
What do you do to ensure you lead your people to meet the deadlines? How do you explain the expectations? How do you use follow-up questions effectively? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.