Leaders always want to get things done at the shortest possible time and with minimum efforts. Their ability for getting things done is referred to as productivity. Productivity is the result leaders get through what they do and the things that go into it. A leader achieves more when the result of the output far outweighs the input.
To get items on a leader’s daily schedule completed, he/she employs strategies or secrets to enable him/her to achieve their set target. These secrets include the following;
- They identify the problems that confront them which must be solved. The leader must identify the problems, difficulties, challenges or concerns that confront him/her on daily basis and outline them in their order of priorities.
- ii. They work with smart people. In selecting team members, the primary consideration should be smartness and not necessarily skills. The leader should source for smart, sharp and witty individuals, much more gifted than themselves.
iii. They create and set target for their teams. Leaders who achieve more maximize team membership through setting and giving of target to members. They ensure jobs are evenly distributed and no member of the team is idle while others wear themselves out.
- They work with timelines and measure success periodically. To achieve more, leaders set timelines for each activity. Timelines are boundaries set on activities to make them definite, manageable and measurable. It provides basis for performance assessment and a scorecard of what has been achieved as against what was planned in time and space.
- They reward excellence and results. Achieving excellence by team members elicits praise and encouraging remarks from a leader. A leader should express appreciation and praise at the efforts of excellent performers and reward them for a work well done.
- They work with the team at difficult times and provide leadership. Being an example to team members during difficult moments motivates the team and facilitates greater performance.
vii. They focus on outcome. Leaders don’t give credence to activities, but to outcome or results. To achieve more, every effort must result in planned outcome. By focusing on the destination and not the processes, the leader points the team to the bigger picture and directs the way to achieve it.
viii. They do one thing at a time. To be focused to achieve your purpose, create and pursue one objective at a time. When a leader engages in doing one thing at a time, the probability of failure becomes drastically reduced.
- They make every team member responsible. When a leader delegates responsibility, the team member who receives the role must be held accountable for the planned results.
- Create and deploy activity audit system. The emplacement of activity auditing system is a performance driver among teams. The leader must ensure that each activity has an audit process that tracks performance and measures achievement.