Remote work: the keys to leading your team effectively
We're thinking about how we can do things in these unusual times and how we can best maintain efficiency.
Suddenly, many managers around the world, with very little preparation, found themselves (suddenly) leading a virtual team, something they probably never thought about. And it's their job to make sure the job is done one way or another.
We're thinking about how we can do things in these unusual times and how we can best maintain efficiency. Leading a remote or virtual team is not the same as leading a team where you are in the same place, but yet even this situation is not radically different.
I tend to use the terms” leader “and” manager " alternately, and I know that's not technically true. These are different functions and subfunctions of the same job. All leaders can manage to some extent, but not all managers can always lead. Of course, this is the subject of another article…
The topic I want to discuss today is how to demonstrate skills to lead a virtual team along with remote work. Share your feedback and your own apps in the comments section and we'll discuss it.
Clear expectations make everyone more productive and reduce bad assumptions that can multiply when there is less regular conversation.
Focus on results
If you don't see your team members all the time, you have less to give them feedback on — except most importantly, though, that's the result. Don't worry about how they spend their time or when they do their job. Focus on results.
Invest in relationships
Relationships become difficult from afar. Take the time to build relationships when your team is virtual. Look for ways and encourage team members to do this with each other as well.
As a leader, you should trust your team members more. Give confidence and expect the best. Expectations should be clear and communication frequent, but confidence is crucial to the success of your virtual team.
Some things will take more time when you're not close: getting used to it. Be patient with this process when looking for ways to facilitate and improve.
Create actionable meetings
Productive meetings are key to the success of a virtual team. Schedule short meetings with clear agendas. Push side discussions offline and get everyone involved when you need to meet with technology.
Take advantage of technology
It is necessary to talk about technology, to use it and to use everything possible. By asking some questions and reading a little online, you can find a tool to support any challenge your team faces. Use these tools.
Leadership is more than managing performance
Aside from knowing who's where, what he's doing, it's hard to lead even if you're in the same room. Therefore, according to the titles mentioned above, re-evaluate what you have performed so far in the virtual environment and remotely and question whether you are efficient.