As we move into an uncertain 2022, leaders must create as much certainty as possible and learn to adapt their leadership styles. Team members look to their leaders for safe navigation during uncertain times. Leaders can start with creating consistency with the following tips:
1. Set Goals and Expectations
People need to know where they are going in order to get there. Work with your team members to set goals, let them know what your expectations are, and help them to achieve those goals. Remember, your team member may have a better way to achieve the goals than you.
2. Be a Communicator
Communication is crucial for virtual teams to succeed so lead by example. Learn how to adapt to different communication styles and practice deep listening and empathy. Ask more than tell.
3. Build Trust and Credibility
In the virtual world, it is all about your actions. Do what you say you are going to do and support and/or defend your team when necessary. Otherwise, your team members will not trust you, and you will not get the productivity and results that you are looking for.
4. Build People Up
This is one of the most basic principles of leadership and relationships: build people up rather than tear them down. Offer constructive criticism and development opportunities to help people grow.
5. Keep Learning
The virtual workplace is constantly changing. Keep learning about technology and stay in tune with what your competitors are doing. It is also wise to periodically check in with your team to see if their tools are still meeting their needs.
As well, do not forget that your primary role is a leader. Continue taking leadership courses and building related skills (such as communication, conflict resolution, and personal productivity).
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Blog presented by Jo Riley | ATI-Mirage’s Lead Consultant PD & Wellness