Pitch in and Help Your Team
Is your team falling behind on a project? Is the time crunch putting you at risk of missing an important deadline?
If this sounds familiar, then it might be time to pitch in and help your team out in whatever way you can. In fact, if you do this, you’re likely to cultivate the mindset of a highly effective manager. According to Jack Zenger in his Forbes article titled “Taking Responsibility Is the Highest Mark of Great Leaders,” in a study, top performing managers overwhelmingly agreed with the fact that the most effective behavior of a good manager was to accept full responsibility for their team’s performance.
To a large extent, this means planning and assigning work, delegating tasks, providing guidance, solving any problems that may arise — and being accountable for the outcome. But it also means rolling up your sleeves and helping out when time is of the essence.
Benefits of pitching in
When you pitch in, there are several distinct benefits. First of all, you’re far more likely to meet your deadlines. If your team has fallen behind on a project because a key team member has been taken ill or an unforeseen challenge cropped up, you need all the manpower you can get to get things back on track.
In addition, your team can benefit from your expertise. While you naturally provide guidance at the beginning of and during a project, when you’re actually performing some of the work, it’s easier for you to pinpoint sticking points and come up with feasible solutions.
You’ll also get to know your team members’ work styles much better. For example, it might become clearer that one of your employees prefers to methodically prepare every step of a task first, while another thrives on taking a more organic approach.
Finally, your team will respect your work ethic — after all, not every manager helps out when time is of the essence. By pitching in, you’re showing that you care about the performance of the team as a whole and stand behind what your people do. This in turn can help them become much more loyal and engaged.
Perform an assessment
Finally, it’s important to realize that if your team consistently runs up against deadlines on projects, it might be due to underperformance of one or more employees. It could even be a result of poor planning on your part. That’s why it’s important to assess whether or not you’re providing all of your people with the tools they need to perform well, as well as to evaluate your own planning skills. By doing so, you can determine if there are any further steps you can take to enhance the productivity and performance of your team.