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How to lead remotely

March 26, 2020 by Sandra Liliana Avila banner

Currently, the world is going through a significant environmental and health contingency that has surprisingly impacted our reality. Many companies are transferring their entire operation to digital spheres and creating strategies that maintain the productivity of their work teams by using remote work.

However, working from home is not enough to guarantee the operation of a business. It is also necessary to have a team capable of facing the challenges of remote work with a leader that can support the team in the distance.

Below, there are some critical factors you should keep in mind to efficiently lead your team remotely and with a positive impact on each of its members.

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Table of content

  • Manifesto to lead from the distance
  • Effective and accurate communication is the most important
  • Set performance standards
  • Don’t forget to lead from individuality
  • Promote a collaborative culture
  • Strengthen the links of your team
  • Feedback is the foundation of teamwork

Manifesto to lead from the distance

Before starting with the key recommendations, we want to leave a declaration to base on the leadership strategies you wish to implement:

Leading remotely or in-person entails the same goals, only the mechanisms to achieve it vary. It may even require that you develop different competencies and leave behind others that do not make change possible and slow your development as a leader.

Despite the distance, you should keep evaluating and regularly reviewing group objectives, compliance, speed, effective communication, and the bond between the members of your team.

Effective communication and right is the most important thing

In order to maintain effectiveness and work rhythm, it is essential to have a communication bridge to cultivate bonds of trust that allow the early detection of possible impediments.

It is essential to guarantee an official tool of communication, and frequently schedule some meetings to follow up on the pending tasks and the fulfillment of the team objectives.

By clicking here, you can review some of the most popular collaborative tools for communication at remote work. This checklist will help you make the most of digital platforms for successful remote leadership.

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Set performance standards

Work must have defined objectives with clear performance standards for the team members. Remember that it is essential to have clear rules to evaluate group results. Everyone should be clear about their contribution to group goals.

Don’t forget to lead from individuality

Each person on your team has different qualities and abilities. For this reason, a good leader always builds his leadership strategy based on the uniqueness of each member. In this way, you can easily detect in what type of situations or specific points your team requires more support or accompaniment.

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Promote a collaborative culture

Focus your team on collaborative work by speaking in team terms and including yourself as part of the team. Do not allow highly competitive environments to be generated by continually remembering that group results translate into mutual benefits by objectives shared.

Strengthen the links of your team

Between each of the members and with the organization itself. When you are working from home, it is easy to disassociate yourself from coworkers and from the company itself. Consequently, it is vital to share the company’s information with them regularly.

Likewise, celebrate the achievements of each team member. In this way, you remind them that their work is beneficial for the operation of the project and that it reflects positively on the work of their colleagues.

Of course, don’t forget to celebrate some important dates like birthdays or anniversaries. This type of activity always strengthens the communication bridges with each member of the team, and it maintains the spirit and productivity at the highest levels.

Feedback is the foundation of teamwork

An efficient team is always looking for continuous improvement. Its leader needs to have the availability and disposition to provide feedback, highlighting each positive factor of collaboration, the value of the work of each member, and those new goals that must be set to overcome themselves.

Remote work can be a challenge for each collaborator, so we recommend you to share this checklist for successful remote work with your work team, so you will be able to create good work habits and ensure that they have optimal environments for their professional growth maintaining your productivity.

Finally, to ensure the success of your distance leadership, we invite you to answer the following questions:

  • Are your company’s collaborative tools optimal for your virtual teams?
  • Does your team have a solid foundation of trust, respect, and collaboration among team members?
  • Does your team know how to work remotely without affecting your productivity?
  • Do you have secure networks to prevent information theft when your team is using their internet connections?

If you need help or have any questions, you can contact us. Remember that with InterNexa, you will always have a team of expert professionals ready to support the digital transformation of your business.

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