Just as with Friday's posts on the importance of virtual and remote team leaders being genuine, being humble is another important characteristic of leading successfully in the global and dispersed arena. As virtual leaders it is important for us to be ok with not knowing and being open to often not having the right answer. Being humble is about knowing our boundaries, and when and where we are able to add value. Humility is key in the skills of listening, empathy and empowerment, three other essential characteristics for great virtual leadership.
Hospitality is another characteristic I see as being an invaluable trait of exceptional virtual team leaders. As building working relationships virtually can be different than building relationships with people you see each day, I think and important characteristic of virtual team leaders is that of host. Welcoming the team together and placing an emphasis on allowing people to bring themselves (culture and all the uniqueness that we each bring) in a safe environment is key to maximizing results. We do know from High Performing Team Research that great teams are not only good at getting results but they also have strong working relationships.
Questions to consider:
As a virtual team leader
- What do you do as a virtual or remote team leader to bring people together and make them feel welcomed, and working "at their best"?
- As you think of yourself in the hospitality light, what kind of host to you want to be?
- What does being humble mean for you as a virtual team leader?
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