iCrowdNewswire Dec 8, 2020 7:34 AM ET
During these unprecedented times, remote work has become more popular than ever. Work-from-home has been a preferred style of work for many in the US since quite some time now due to its various benefits like flexible work hours, no need to travel to the workplace, reduced stress levels, and better work-life balance.
The actual challenge here is for the leaders who manage the remote working employees scattered at different geographical locations. It’s no easy task to lead a team that’s as good as invisible and deliver productive results. Even though they may have strong in-person leadership skills, there are certain qualities that are needed to lead and manage a remote team.
We have listed below four qualities found in the most globally successful leaders of remote and distributed teams:
- Create a trustworthy environment:
The number one trait a remote team leader must have is the ability to create a trustworthy work environment. Not being able to see first hand what your employees are doing can be frustrating and quickly develop a sense of mistrust in a lot of leaders. This often leads to micro-management where they are constantly asking for work updates.
Monitoring remote teams requires that you develop and maintain trust in your teams by focusing on the work being delivered and not the hours being put in. Show them you trust them by setting clear expectations, giving them the autonomy to decide how they want to work so they can perform to the best of their abilities.
One of the most important topics included in a leadership development program is communication. Leaders of remote teams not only need to encourage open communication with team members, but also be approachable. Approachability is an essential skill that ensures your team members feel safe and comfortable interacting with you.
It is a big blind spot for a leader if they are not seen as approachable by their team because they may miss out on meaningful and authentic details. The best virtual leaders engage employees through multiple channels and stay connected so that they always seem approachable.
- Conduct productive meetings:
The various web conferencing solutions available nowadays have made virtual communication so much easier. Virtual meetings are a great way to coordinate and collaborate with remote teams, but an overuse of this can lead to a massive waste of time.
It is easy to add multiple team members in a video conferencing meeting, but it wastes a lot of valuable time of those team members who are not required for that discussion but have been added. The sign of a truly good leader is conducting meetings that are productive, sticking to discussing the important topics and not going off the track discussing unimportant things.
The most successful leaders are proactive and not reactive. They take charge of things to control situations beforehand, instead of waiting for things to happen and then think of solutions. For handling remote teams, leaders need to take the initiative to deal with any issues before they turn into a big hassle.
Being proactive ensures you are aware of everything that is happening with your team members and you always have information to report to the clients. This is possible when leaders take the effort to understand their teams and work with them in coordination to prevent any mistakes.
To sum up, it is a challenge to lead virtual teams but with the right set of skills and relevant tools it is possible to drive them to success. When leaders take charge, define goals for their team and hold them accountable for fulfilling these goals while supporting them throughout the process, they can effectively produce great results.