As a leader, you’ve lived through it before — the final push at the end of the quarter or year. It’s all hands on deck to make the numbers in what seems like a wild frenzy to meet customer needs and financial commitments. And don’t forget, the regular work doesn’t stop during this time; you still have to keep up with it.
Your company’s success depends on every employee being “in the game.” How you approach this final push with your employees will greatly influence your chances of success, not only now, but also long term. It’s your chance to step up as a leader. Others will measure you not only by meeting goals but also by how you get there.
10 Critical Leadership Practices
Following are 10 ideas you can put into practice to help your employees be stars during any high-pressure period. These strategies represent some of the best practices from the world-class companies I work with and from my personal leadership experience.
- Be clear on your priorities and expectations. There are usually a number of priorities competing for your team’s time and attention, especially at closing. Don’t assume they know what your most important priorities are. Clearly communicate them, including why they are most important at this time, and set expectations around deadlines and deliverables.