It looks as though virtual working is here to stay irrespective of COVID. It has provided many benefits and drawbacks. Leaders have been challenged as they haven’t been able to be in the same office as their direct reports. Research suggests that (virtual) leaders need to empower employees and promote self-leadership rather than a more directive approach
Here are 5 ways to improve virtual leadership
1 – Empower the team through delegation
2 – Check in regularly to show that you care about well-being and provide support
3 – Focus on results and not on how, when or where their outcomes are produced
4 – Create space for feedback on yourself, as the leader
5 – Release the need to control, focus on outcomes and look after the well-being of your team
Research is showing that people are just as productive from home as they are in the office. Research also shows that leading virtual teams requires more of an empowerment style as opposed to a directive approach. Looking after your team’s well-being is just as important, if not more important than ever.