The sudden transition from face-to-face working in the office to home office caused unforeseen changes and stress factors for many team members and managers. In addition to the technological requirements, such as a functioning Internet, suitable equipment and programs, virtual teamwork brings up some new challenges and aspects.
In a virtual team, it must be ensured that every member of his team knows his roles, goals and responsibilities as well as those of the other team members with crystal clarity. Team members need a lot of self-motivation and the ability to get results without anyone telling them what to do or how to do it. The working atmosphere needs to encourage personal responsibility, self-motivation of team members and cooperation with one another. In a common office working space, people have their purpose or a mission. Informal exchange in the coffee area, the aisle or the passing has a special meaning and fosters the team spirit and feeling of togetherness. Despite time savings due to the loss of commuting, not all employees enjoy working from home office, be it because of general living circumstances or family relationships. Others, espescially extraverts, prefer social contacts and informal exchange or need support from the others in the team or the manager. Therefore, continuing team meetings and arrangement of virtual meetings is particularly important.
Virtual leadership and communication: The change in communication, reduced social contacts and a lack of informal exchange require shifting the focus in leadership skills. A functioning virtual collaboration needs a particularly high level of social and emotional intelligence. Managers have to find a balance between control and trust and learn to differentiate who in the team needs which leadership impulses under the current conditions. You are now particularly challenged to listen, feel where the shoe pinches and develop more sensitivity for other people. That means listening to your own intuition and developing your emotional competence at the same time. Iit is important to get to know yourself and your team members even better and to respond to their individual needs. The Golden Personality Profiler and accompanying coaching will support you.
Tips on virtual leadership: What concrete steps can you take to successfully lead a team that no longer meets in the shared office space?
As a virtual leader, it is your responsibility to create the culture of teamwork and to promote both personal responsibility and team spirit. One solution is to agree on the mission and goals both individually and with the team in order to motivate employees to cooperate better together. Now is the chance to anchor new values and meaningfulness in the job and to reposition yourself and the team.
I am looking forward to support you with your individual questions and challenges.