Leaders: 3 Tips on How to Follow Through on Your Promises

Yesterday, we gave you three reasons why you need to follow through on your promises. 

As we mentioned, not following through can have some pretty big consequences—from how it affects your credibility, your employees’ satisfaction, as well as their overall productivity.

Now that we’ve given you an idea of why you need to follow through, we are going to talk about how you can follow through on your promises, with three simple tips.

Take a look below: 

  • Consider the big picture. Take a step back and consider it from the company’s point of view. As a leader, whether of a team, department, or the whole organization, you likely have a better idea of how your promises will pan out than your employees, so always consider what you say within the context of the company. Ultimately, it’s up to you to make the right decision.
  • Know your limits. That brings us to our next point: know your limits (i.e. be honest with yourself). In an ideal world, you’d like to give your employees whatever they want in order to keep them happy, but that can’t always be the case. By knowing your limitations, you have a better chance at preventing dissatisfaction because you know you can’t fulfill their wants. Everyone likes to feel like the perfect employer, but that just isn’t always possible.
  • Don’t be afraid to say you can’t (read: be honest with them). It’s always hard to feel like you are letting your employees down because you can’t do what they ask of you, but that doesn’t mean you should say that you could do whatever they want simply to avoid the issue. It’s better to be up front and honest with them rather than make empty promises, because while your employees might be disappointed, they’ll be even more disappointed after you get them excited over nothing.

As a leader, all eyes are on you. That is why it is so important to make sure you keep your promises. So, the next time you have to make a promise, keep these simple tips in mind. In the end, it will make all the difference to you as a manager.

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