Due to technological advances, working remotely has quickly become a trend in business.
In today’s society, almost everyone has been a part of a remote team at some point, even if they didn’t realize it. Remote teams are when one or more of the members are not completing their work in the same physical location. If you have ever taken an online class, been part of a multi-church ministry or even worked on something with family located in another state, then you were a remote team member.
So what is the difference between leading a traditional and remote team? Does physical location change the game? Here are 3 requirements that make managing a remote team possible.
1) It Requires More Work Communication
Regularly and consistently check for understanding. Have team members restate what they heard or what the identified next steps are on a project.
2) It Requires More Want
Remote Team leaders have to want to connect with their team. Set up a virtual coffee session, ask what they’re working on, ask how their family is doing and what they are doing outside of work. Having that personal connection through communication is important. Have them talk about what they are passionate about.
3) It Requires More Will Power
No one likes to be micro-managed! Resist the urge to check continually to see if they are working, what they are doing, and when it will be completed. Set expectations and trust they will fulfill them. Don’t worry until you have to.
Leading a team that is geographically dispersed can be very fulfilling and can also test your leadership skills. However, studies have shown that you can significantly benefit from the diversity of talent available on these teams. So just dive in. All you need is work, want and will power!
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