I thought it would be fitting today to talk a little about the nuances of teamwork skills which are so critical in the virtual domain. As I was mentioning in the presentation, given the virtual nature we need to make sure that our team members also have the opportunity to develop skills in leadership for themselves, given that many of them are working remote, and are developing a series of relationships.
All of the teamwork skills I have covered in past posts apply, with some such as - Emotional Intelligence, relationship building, building trust and connection, being absolutely essential. Given the autonomous nature of virtual team members they can also benefit from enhanced skills in personal productivity, negotiation and also understanding their own styles and preferences.
As I shared earlier this week, having led virtual teams for the better part of 25 years now, even with the technology changes we've seen (which for me started with communication by fax, and short-range radio to real time video chat via skype and zoom) relationships and trust remain at the core. Do check out past posts on building trust and building relationships, as well as last year's Teams365 series on the A-Z of Virtual Team Leadership Characteristics.