Occupying a leadership position is not the same thing as leading. To lead, you must be able to connect, motivate, and inspire a sense of ownership of shared objectives.
How to accomplish them in an online environment?
Leadership comes easily in an office, but what about moving to a virtualized world? Many would argue that leading a virtual team requires the same leadership skills and attributes as leading a traditional team — but is that really the case?
Most studies and lists come up with the same traits for being a great leader: empathy, fairness, communication and listening skills, authenticity, and decision-making. Leaders inspire and motivate their teams.
Here you have three fundamental skills to develop as a great online leader.
The idea is to create the synergy and good vibes that come along to work together. That is why leaders have to make an extra effort to keep virtual teams connected through social gatherings and regular one-to-ones, using virtual tools like Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Providing frequent and explicit opportunities for coordination is essential in a virtual office.
2. Focus on inspiration and motivation
Share your experience and ask the right questions. When team members ask you how they should proceed, stimulate their thinking with questions rather than answers. Put yourself in their shoes. When you feel frustration toward a team member welling up inside you, label the feeling as an opportunity to learn something about leadership. Acknowledge achievements and recognize and praise proactive behavior whenever you see it occurring.
3. Focus on identifying measures of success
The best way to measure employees’ performance is through outcomes and goal completion. Specifically, measurable goals are crucial, and tracking them frequently can help to ensure team members stay on track and that the team leader is able to identify problems before they become catastrophic.
Having realistic expectations about these goals, and the time employees should be working and communicating those expectations will help everyone stay happier in their roles.
How can an online platform make you a better leader?
Virtual working is forcing organizations to rethink how they can get the best out of their people, and new tools like Rambox can be handy aids to good leadership.
Having the right tool allows you to:
- Have everything you need at hand, both as a worker and as a leader.
- Save time for what’s important by making your day flexible and available to your team.
- Easy to use, Rambox adapts to your changing routines, schedules, and equipment size.