The Art of Leading a Resilient Remote Team – Part 2
Key Principles for Leading a Remote Team
While each team presents its own unique dynamics, there are a few key principles that all remote leaders should adhere to when trying to ensure their remote teams’ success.
Encourage Open Communication
In the realm of remote work, communication cannot be left to chance. As a leader, you need to establish clear channels and norms for communication. This includes everything from setting expectations for response times to encouraging open discussions. Remember, communication is not just about disseminating information - it's about encouraging dialogue.
Trust is not an optional extra in a remote team - it's the glue that holds everything together. Building trust in a virtual environment requires transparency, consistency, and empathy. Be clear about your expectations, follow through on your commitments, and show understanding toward your team's challenges.
Nurture a Results-Oriented Culture
In a remote setting, measuring productivity by hours logged is neither practical nor effective. Instead, focus on results. Establish clear objectives, set measurable goals, and track progress based on outcomes. This shift towards a results-oriented culture not only boosts productivity but also empowers your team members.
Ensure Inclusion and Belonging
Leading a remote team also involves creating an inclusive environment where every team member feels valued and heard. Regularly check in with your team members, celebrate their achievements, and ensure they feel part of the bigger picture. Remember, a sense of belonging can significantly boost morale and motivation.
Lastly, don't overlook the importance of well-being. The blurred boundaries between work and personal life can lead to burnout in a remote setting. Encourage your team members to establish a healthy work-life balance. Show understanding when they need flexibility and encourage an environment where mental health is openly discussed and prioritized.
Adopting these principles won't make the challenges of remote leadership disappear overnight. However, they provide a solid foundation for building an effective remote leadership strategy.
Keep Your Remote Teams Successful
Leading a remote team can be challenging, especially if your organization is new to the world of hybrid or remote working. However, by leveraging modern technology and maintaining clear communication channels, it is possible for remote teams to remain connected and productive while developing essential skills along the way.
Wildly addicted to all things leadership, Cecilia Gorman is a veteran of the advertising industry and the owner of Creative Talent Partners, a training consultancy that specializes in the development of rising managers and their teams. Whether it’s a team offsite, a manager workshop or through her online Manager Boot Camp course, Cecilia’s sole pursuit is adding value to growth-focused employees.