What do you think a project’s success depends on- Planning, resources, scheduling tools; no, it depends on the management. There’s no deny that a proper planning, a well-deserved team, a good scheduling tool adds to a project’s success but the coordination between them is the bigger fish to fry.
A good leader can effectively manage his team and make out 100% from them. He keeps them focused on their goal and makes sure they work hand-in-hand with him. Leadership is a talent which separates out an excellent project manager from the rest. But what does leadership looks like in context with Project Management. Let’s find out the 3 leadership tactics for a project’s success.
Keep the team InformedDo your team really know what they are working on? Do they know what is the objective of the project, they are working onto?
Now, if you feel that how does that matters, let me make it clear.
Suppose I ask you to simply develop a module and give its feature list or I ask you to create a module which would benefit the patients in a hospital with an informed system.
Which one would you think sounds better and motivated, the latter one, right? This is just because the objective is clear enough to motivate the team to do good.
Defining goals and motivating the team to achieve it, is one of the prime reasons for a great project delivery.
You can do this by writing the goal on a whiteboard or put them on a flip chart in a meeting room.
Management on FloorA work is done successfully when a team works as a team. A leader’s prime responsibility is to bind the team. This could be done only when you work with them on ground.
You could do this by walking on the floor and greet the team. Check in with them, check for their issues and try to resolve them. You could also try some Employee Engagement tactics to keep them on track. It is easy and requires a very less effort. This could help upsurge the morale of your team mates.
On the other hand, you could better know the reality of your project as well as the team mates.
Protect the Team from Office PoliticsOne of the growing reasons for delays in delivery or failure of the project is the team involving in office politics. Projects suffer when the employees are busy pushing each other’s leg.
They really don’t have need to know you are in a territory war with marketing team to secure last meeting room for your project. They don’t need to know that the costs of the project have been bounced back. They really don’t.
These all are distractions and can divert them from their goal. This doesn’t mean to keep secrets from them but not to disclose such things which become a talk of the town.
Appreciation is MustYou must have a habit to appreciate your team or individuals. This motivates them to move forward and keep up the good work. The simple word of appreciation from your mouth like “Thank You”, “Keep up the Good Work”, “You are so thoughtful” etc., could make an employee’s day.
This appreciation if done on the floor would not only motivate him/team but would also raise a spark among the other team members to receive those words of honour.
These some of the simple tactics would not only differentiate you from the rest but would also help you deliver projects on time.
Leadership doesn’t mean you to have a title ‘leader’. It is an attitude that comes with confidence and few tactics. You don’t need to be at the top position on the hierarchy. You can lead the team from beside, below, within or above.
Your growth depends on your work. The more successful your projects are the better are the chances for your growth. So just wake up the leader inside you, for yourself and for your company.