7 Useful Tips When Your Project Is Dealing With Crises

True leaders are those who in spite of dealing with crises come out from the odds and pave a new way to success.

If you wanted to become a great leader then you should follow these things in your leadership to handle a situation at the time of crises. Your competencies and skills are checks at crises time how you deal or handle your team and the odds that causes a problem in the crises.

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”

– Ronald Reagan

Things To Do While Dealing With A Crises

  1. Every Disaster Comes With A Learning Opportunity To Grow

You should be a true leader and see even crises as an opportunity to grow and learn to tackle new situations. If a problem arises you should be used all the resources available to you and find the best possible solution. You should keep a cool mind and not panic when in the face of a crisis.

  1. Have Patience, Be Determined And Strong-Willed

As a leader, you need to be patient with people as well as situations. You have to be determined to achieve your goals even when faced with problems and obstacles.  Having a strong will help you overcome obstacles with confidence. As a leader you shouldn’t be afraid of crises, rather should know and accept that crisis are a part of every project.

  1. Be An Active Listener

You need to be an active listener. You should not be one of the people who listen and forget the information communicated to us in the next instant. This usually happens when we aren’t participating in a discussion in a proper manner and our main aim becomes to speak our part rather than actually listening.  This leads to a situation where you miss out on a lot of information.

To avoid this you should listen carefully to what is being delivered to you and wait for your turn.  It is always better to make a crisis plan so as to minimize risks in the future.

  1. Record Everything

To carry out any project successful it is important to keep a record of things. This will prove to be beneficial in time of any crisis or even otherwise. In case something goes wrong it would be helpful in knowing where the problem arose from and you could learn from it for future reference. It even assists in knowing who is responsible for what and who has authority over what. These can be in the form of documents, voice recording, planners and such.

  1. Track And Correct Your Team

You always need to keep track of the status of your project as well as the other team members working on it. Tracking will help identify the mistakes and shortcomings of the project immediately and suitable changes can be made.

  1. Plan How You Want Your Team To Behave

During a crisis, being a leader, you need to conduct yourself in a composed and professional manner. During situations involving pressure or during crucial situations, behaving ruthlessly and taking out anger on your teammates or your subordinates would reflect badly on you. It would also reflect on how good a team leader you are.

  1. Learn When To Take A Break

There are times when a crisis can get the better of you by being prolonged. This could turn out to be quite exhausting. You should always realize when to stop and when things are getting too much. This would not only tire you out but your team as well. So at times, it is better to stop and take a break and then start with fresh and renewed energy. Although, this in no way means for you to let the situation be and leave it stagnant. You need to assess the situation and understand its urgency and act accordingly.

 

Praveen Malik
 

Praveen Malik is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) with 23 years of rich experience. He has the unique experience of managing large scale, complex, cross-functional projects across various geographies. He has unique distinction of working in a different type of business environments viz. software product development, software services, product-oriented software services, and software as a service. He maintains his own blog at https://www.pmbypm.com