How Leaders Can Increase Their Productivity

1. Communicate with your team

  • Keep members up-to-date
  • Listen more and show empathy
  • Choose your communication medium wisely

2. Set expectations early

As a leader, it is your responsibility to establish clear goals and expectations from the start. This might be done on a weekly, quarterly, or annual basis. This would help to minimize disappointments that may bring the team’s morale crashing down. When your team knows the project goals and objectives, they are better able to prevent blunders and stay focused.

3. Compartmentalize your time

4. Involve team members in decisions

As a leader, you might be tempted to be ‘Jack of all Trade.” Leadership means you should train others to handle some aspects of your work. Delegate decisions to help you run the team without difficulty, and offer the members opportunities to become better at what they do. You need to share duties with your team by collaborating with them for a set goal.

5. Invest in organizational tools

You should lead by example first. What you do can indirectly affect the productivity of the team. Leaders who are always late to meetings, disorganized, or messy, end up with an unstable team. You should make use of organizational tools like Trello Board or CRM to help your work as a leader. Some organization tools would help you become more organized, retrieve information, and make the workplace better and friendlier.

6. Avoid long meetings

Long meetings often end up boring or pull up unnecessary problems for the team. A leader should learn how to schedule short effective meetings, which should not last more than 15 minutes. You save time for other important tasks for the team.

7. Training and coaching

8. Feedback loops

Miscommunication is the downfall of many projects. People can misunderstand what was written in emails. An easy way to ensure everyone is on the same page with you is to create feedback sessions weekly. This opens opportunities for everyone to understand set goals and expectations, and bring up feedback and solutions.

9. Reward your employees

10. Get to know your team

A simple trick to learning more about your team member’s strengths and weaknesses is by getting to know them individually. When you identify with your team members on a personal level, it helps them trust you more.

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Sabine Gedeon

Sabine Gedeon

Executive Coach & Leadership Consultant supporting Emerging Leaders ready to cultivate their leadership mindset and develop high performing teams