Key to success in virtual or remote team management today is availability. If team members do not feel connected with you they may not reach out regularly to share updates and successes as well as flag smaller issues. This is a concern as issues which might have been addressed, may become much larger very quickly if not shared.
Creating an open door policy and being clear on when you are available is key to success. Going hand in hand with availability is approachability. If people do not feel like they can reach out to you it does not matter if your door is open or not.
Agility is also key. Given that local level realities may be different in each location for team members, it’s important that team leaders are adaptable and agile. Agile is a term being used quite frequently today. There are several key principles that underscore agile including a customer focus, ongoing modification. You can refer to 10 principles in this Agile Manifesto here
Finally, adaptability is also key. If you are not able to flex and change the role of a virtual team leader will be very stressful. With geographic differences adaptability takes the shape of many levels. From being fluid to adapting programming and priorities for different local level realities, adaptability is key.
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