Why virtual Leadership?

The world is going digital and the ever-changing professional landscape needs leaders who can adjust to these changes. The survival of any organization relies on how quickly it can adapt to changes and allow transformation. A Gartner survey reported that 74% of companies plan to shift some of their employees to remote working permanently. Thus, it has become important for organizations to develop management teams that can successfully lead remote employees.

In a remote work setting, it can be challenging to read the mood or see if your employees are struggling with some of the assigned duties, and for that reason, constant communication is highly recommended.

Ways To Lead Virtual Teams Successfully

To become a great leader; one must have an open mind, set realistic goals within a reasonable period. For some employees working from home may be more difficult to adjust to than others, so managers should consider providing the necessary resources to make remote working a little easier. Here are tips to consider while working with remote employees:         

1.    Use the right communication channels

There are different communication platforms to use but it is important to know when to use each for a specific purpose. For example, instant messaging is for quick communication needs like asking questions, coordinating schedules and checking project statuses. On the other hand, emails[1]  can be used for communication reference or interactions that give directives.

Effective communication is important in a virtual setting because there's a higher chance of miscommunication. Provide enough detail and direction to avoid being ambiguous and eliminate any confusion.

2.    Set work expectations and goals by defining work systems

Although remote work gives employees the flexibility to work in the comfort of their homes; it is important to measure performance by goal completion. Measuring goals is crucial and tracking them frequently can help ensure team members stay on track. Also, leaders can spot problems early before they become catastrophic.

3.    Lead with empathy and foster trust

Excellent virtual leaders communicate with their team at an emotional level using features of honesty and transparency when sharing information. This way, they build trust thus creating a culture of openness and oneness.

Virtual leaders need to regularly check in with their team members to see how they are coping and what help they need.

4.    Include your employees in the planning phases

Allow your employees to participate in the creation of a virtual culture that lasts. They are the ones with the technical and practical skills, meaning they are ideal candidates to provide valuable insight when you are creating an action plan.

Being open and inclusive makes planning and problem solving effective, as it increases the resiliency of the entire organization.

As Human Capital experts with years of experience, we often advise self and team development. We believe that when people constantly develop their skills to meet the ever-changing HR trends they will survive and triumph over all their challenges.

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