Covid-19 has confined all of us within four walls. Working remotely has become a new norm. Most companies are smoothly transitioning and embracing this change while some are grappling with the situation. Over the last 15 months, we have seen a dramatic change in the way we work, communicate, live and lead. Working remotely has made us too comfortable at our own homes but has posed numerous challenges for team leads to connect with their members virtually.
Managers are struggling to monitor their employees and their performance. They are trying to find new ways to boost their team’s morale and productivity. Organizations are finding it hard to maintain relationships with both their employees and customers. What adds to their plight is the constant disruptions in technology. Half of their problem lies in dealing with virtually illiterate employees and the other half is worrying about cybersecurity or privacy breach.
Connecting virtually doesn’t have the same effect as meeting in person, but do we really have a choice anymore? Given that working remotely is the new normal, it’s imperative for companies to adapt to the change.
Leading a team virtually has its challenges. So, naturally, leaders have to up their game. E-leadership is a true test of a person’s leadership skills. The basics of being a strong leader remain the same, but a leader must come up with unique techniques to manage his/her team well when working remotely. A good leader must be more proactive, deliberate, and determined to make sure he/she can foster teamwork remotely.
What are the qualities of a good virtual leader?
A virtual leader connects with the team
Everyone is fighting their own battles and is new to the concept of working remotely. A good virtual leader should connect with his/her teammates to lay a clear vision and set reasonable goals. A shared sense of purpose helps team members work in tandem with each other achieving better results.
A virtual leader communicates proactively
Communication helps overcome all barriers. With everything happening online, it’s important for team leads to check up on their team members from time to time. Whether it’s conducting regular ins regarding their life or deliverables, or virtual team lunches, managers must proactively communicate with their employees. Digital dependence often hampers all forms of non-verbal communication. So, it is crucial for leaders to talk to their team members and not assume they’re doing okay. Leaders can engage timely by conducting virtual meetings to stay up to date about the employee’s deadlines and work progress. This also strengthens relationships and helps break the hierarchy in some way.
A virtual leader is great with technology
There are countless people who’re not very comfortable with technology and some even resent it. A good virtual leader must be up to date with all technological trends to keep his/her team on top of all trends. Not only should he/she be technologically sound but also help his/her teammates learn new skills to increase their productivity.
If you want to master these skills and be a good virtual leader, Leading in a Virtual Environment is the perfect course for you. Read on to know more!
What is the Leading in a Virtual Environment course all about?
BlessingWhite has created Leading in a Virtual Environment (LIVE), a one-day course for those leading others across distance. This workshop presents leadership fundamentals and then applies them to actual virtual leadership situations. It offers tools and strategies to make leaders more effective virtually. Participants learn and use skills and tools through a mix of instruction, lecture, simulation, and practice. Their learning is enhanced by direct input from their virtual associates and direct feedback from workshop peers.
What are the course outcomes?
- Increase the environment of trust and productivity with virtual team members
- Use four Critical Communication Skills essential to virtual leadership
- Apply feedback from virtual associates and be equipped to lead productive Virtual Partnership Discussions
- Develop best practices for virtual team meetings and conference calls
- Lead virtually with more effectiveness as Coach, Connector, and Campaigner
- Develop strategies and carry out action plans for enhancing their own virtual leadership style and practices
- Leading in a Virtual Environment
The pandemic has changed the way we function now and by the looks of it, we won’t be going back to working the way we did earlier. So, be an early adopter and equip yourself with the skills to lead your team virtually. Enroll in the Leading in a Virtual Environment (LIVE) course and become an effective virtual leader who finds ways to stay connected with the team and cultivate a sense of belonging and trust among the members.
Contact P2L today!