With companies gaining the ability to hire global talents, remote team management is on the rise. The question is, can your conventional leadership skills handle a non-traditional team structure? In this article at PSI Online, Alli Besl shares 6 leadership skills you need to manage a remote team well.
Managing a Remote Team
Whether a remote team is a blessing or costly mistake depends majorly on your leadership skills. Companies depend on leaders to mentor and optimize available talents and fulfill organizational objectives. What skills do you need to manage a remote team well? Following are the 6 leadership skills you must hone:
- Power of Communication: Maintaining a proper communication strategy is the primary requirement of remote team management. Utilize every channel available to connect with the team members—email, audio and video conference, one-on-one, etc. Leave no stone unturned to get your message through and make your team comfortable with your communication style.
- Confidence: You must be confident that your remote team members would deliver and support the team as per expectations. They also must do their best to keep your faith by completing assignments on time. Ensure geographical dispersion does not make the team members feel isolated from the rest of the team.
- Performance: If you are used to monitoring a team by the second, you cannot do so with the remote teammates. So, your strategy would be to monitor what they are delivering and measuring performance based on that.
- Clear Job Descriptions and Roles: Defining job descriptions and roles of the remote team, things become clear between onsite and co-located teammates. By measuring all performances based on the same parameters, you are treating them equally and can locate underperformers. Moreover, if your company allows you to track the work of your remote team, half your job is done.
- Training Both Managers and the Managed: Several articles recommend training to both the managers and teammates to do justice to their roles. Team members know what standards they must follow. Meanwhile, the managers or leaders are equipped to help out remote team members whenever needed. Following the same best practices also increases performance for both parties.
- Update and Advice: Remote teammates are away from their actual work environment. To make them feel part of the organization, update them on organizational new and events regularly. Duly provide feedback to align them with company objectives. Ensure you acknowledge their stupendous efforts through cash benefits or rewards.
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