Leading from the front

Leading from the front
it's important for remote teams to have a solidly defined set of norms. It will smooth team interactions, build trust among team members, and bake in accountability.

As a result of COVID-19, many of us have stepped into a new reality of virtual working, which poses new challenges for leaders. It goes without saying, virtual is not physical, and team connection and productivity will not automatically continue in a virtual world. Virtual teaming affords many benefits but presents a higher risk of misalignment and lack of collaboration, which may take a toll on team trust and employee engagement if not done right.

Distance and lack of face-to-face communication makes managing virtual teams a challenge. When people are not in the same location, it can be hard to understand what they are saying. It is easy to misinterpret their meaning. And unless you can video conference, you do not get the benefit of reading body language or facial expressions. That is why you need really good communication to manage virtual teams.

It’s tough but not impossible to build long-distance relationships. The same interpersonal skills you use with office mates...

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Pavithra Urs & Sanjeevv Himachli

currently is Associate Director, People Operations in a Leading Entertainment Company & Sanjeevv Himachli currently is Principal Strategist, HRTales Media Private Limited.

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