In this transforming world, virtual platforms have become the norm.
Many people are asking the question,
“How do I lead effectively in the virtual world?”
Here are some key tips:
- Leaders and members need to spend a lot of time on relationship building
- The higher the level of trust, the more open people will feel which in turn will have a positive impact on performance
- Trust consists of interpersonal and task-based trust elements
- Task based trust takes longer to build
- Trust is necessary for a constructive atmosphere and for team members to feel at ease in expressing their opinions and relying on team members to complete tasks
- Building and maintaining trust among the virtual team is critical to creating a productive environment.
- Leaders need to be more mindful of their own perception and also the situation of others in the virtual space
- Virtual teams tend to drive straight into the task elements especially at the early forming stages,
- Research shows that teams which focus more attention on relationships tend to avoid conflict later on and overall have higher levels of performance
- Lastly, the communication platform should be appropriate for the situation and leaders should not focus/rely on 1 form of communication only e.g. monthly one on one Face to face meetings for added relationship building.
Important to note:
- To be able to work remotely requires people who are more self-motivated and independent
- Self-management skills (good time management, good energy management)
- Above-average self-motivation
- Very strong oral and written communication skills
- Naturally proactive
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