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Leading virtual teams: tips for a good leadership

July 17th, 2020 Posted by News 0 thoughts on “Leading virtual teams: tips for a good leadership”
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According to Katherine Brown, Brenda Huettner and Char James-Tanny managers must give up the ideas of power and control, and replace them with service leadership.

In the old days, the people who held onto the knowledge, data, and so on held the power in an organization. Today, the people who readily disseminate information, connect people with each other, and facilitate hold the real power in an organization.

The following characteristics are particularly important on virtual teams. 

  • Remove roadblocks.
  • Facilitate open, honest communication.
  • Model behaviors that they want from the team.
  • Act instead of react.
  • Facilitate decision making and discussions with team.
  • Recognize the strengths of each team member and focus those strengths to the benefit of the team.
  • See the big picture and communicate each member’s role in that context.
  • Encourage independent thinking and trust their team to make good decisions.
  • Gather team members with complementary skill sets and draw from the strengths of each member.
  • Share leadership appropriately with other team members.

Virtual team members must operate with a certain amount of autonomy because they might be separated by several time zones, resulting in a delay in feedback. It is often easier to “beg forgiveness” than it is to ask permission when the team leader or supervisor is sixty thousand miles away.

Leaders and managers must trust that their teams are acting in the best interest of the project and the company, and should listen carefully to strenuous objections. 

Adapted from Managing Virtual Teams, Katherine Brown, Brenda Huettner and Char James-Tanny, Wordware Publishing.

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