As more and more organizations embrace remote work, it’s important for leaders to adapt their leadership style to meet the unique challenges and opportunities of a virtual environment.
Here are five key ways that great remote leaders do things differently to be successful:
Leaders enable, not enforce: Great remote leaders understand that their team members are adults who are capable of taking responsibility for their own work. Rather than enforcing strict rules, they create a culture of enabling by setting clear expectations and providing the resources and support that team members need to succeed. As a result, remote leaders can foster a sense of ownership and engagement that drives productivity and results.
Leaders listen, not speak: Effective communication is crucial for remote teams, and great remote leaders make a conscious effort to listen to their team members and understand their needs and concerns. Rather than dominating conversations or dictating solutions, they create an open and collaborative environment where team members feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas. As a result, by actively listening and engaging in two-way dialogue, remote leaders can build stronger relationships with their team and drive better outcomes.
Leaders trust, not doubt. Trust is the foundation of any successful team, and it’s especially important in a remote environment where team members are not physically present. Great remote leaders give team members the freedom to take on new challenges and grow, while still holding them accountable for their work. As a result, by demonstrating trust in their team, remote leaders can create a culture of mutual respect and collaboration that drives success.
Leaders prioritize, not push: In a remote environment, it’s easy to get caught up in the urgency of the moment and lose sight of the big picture. Rather than pushing team members to meet short-term deadlines at the expense of quality or sustainability, they encourage them to prioritize the work that will have the greatest impact and value. As a result, by helping team members stay focused on what matters most, remote leaders can drive better outcomes and avoid burnout.
Leaders check in, not shut down: Great remote leaders recognize that remote work can be isolating and disconnected, and they make a conscious effort to stay connected with their team. They use a variety of tools and techniques, to stay connected and build relationships. As a result, by staying connected, remote leaders can create a sense of community and belonging that helps team members thrive.
In conclusion, great remote leaders do things differently to be successful. They enable, not enforce; listen, not speak; trust, not demand; prioritize, not push; and check in, not shut down. By adopting these simple but profound best practices, remote leaders can create a culture of trust, collaboration, and growth that drives success for their team and the organization.
Lead From Within: The most effective leaders are able to adapt to new challenges, especially when it comes to leading remotely and effectively.
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After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.