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Key skills for virtual leaders

Key skills for virtual leaders
For many of us, leading a virtual team is something that is thrust upon us with little preparation. Whether it's a leading a project or an existing team, the onus is suddenly on us to get the work done. It's generally expected that we know what we're doing.


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7 key behaviors for virtual leaders

  • Clarify expectations. Bad assumptions multiply when there is less regular conversation.
  • Don't worry about how the team spends their time and focus on results.
  • Make time to build relationships
  • Grant trust and expect the best.
  • Be patient. Some things will take more time when you aren't in close proximity.
  • Create actionable meetings: Schedule short meetings with clear agendas.
  • Take advantage of technology




Authentic leadership

Is a management style in which leaders are genuine, self-aware, and transparent. 

An authentic leader is able to inspire loyalty and trust in her employees by consistently display...

Components of Authentic Leadership

  • Self-Awareness: be aware of your trengths, weaknesses, and values and displaying them to your team.
  • Relational Transparency: remain genuine, straightforward, and honest with your team. Display the behavior you hope to see in your employees.
  • Balanced Processing: stick to your values when making decisions, but remain open to discussions and alternatve options.
  • Doing the right thing: focus on doing the right thing for the long-term success of the business, not yours.

3 ways to practie self-awareness as a leader

  • Seek feedback from the environment;
  • Use self-reflection to better understand your behavior;
  • Practice regular self-observation to stay aware of your feelings at all times.
  • Probe Work That Seems Ok

    If the work is reported to be ok or fine by your subordinates, maybe you need to dig in deep and probe more.

    The employee reporting to you may be struggling and not providing the true detail...

    Strategize Around Strengths 

    It pays to highlight the strength an employee brings and then to work on minimizing the weak aspects. Start and work with the impact and value the employee is making to your team.

    Define Ownership

    Ownership and accountability need to be defined so that your team knows who is responsible for what.

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    True leaders know who they are

    They know their values and the rules they will abide by, regardless of the circumstances they face.

    They communicate their values with the people they lead, creating an atmosphere of trust.

    True leaders have integrity

    True leaders work right alongside the people they lead in order to get to know them.  Working with people allows leaders to inspire their team.

    True leaders listen

    They are willing to hear what others have to say without judgment. They are patient and desire to understand the people they lead.