How can you find opportunities for growth as a leader this year while navigating leadership in remote teams? We spoke with PhD sociologist Tracy Brower to get her insights on what the pandemic has done for innovation, creating energy on a remote team, and how trust is different on a remote team.
After remote work began last spring, leaders faced a new insecurity around the c-word, (commitment.) Is my team just at home napping? Are they going to stay committed at home with all of these distractions? How are they going to balance their commitments?
How can I help build commitment on this remote team?
In fact, building commitment looks different in the work-from-home environment versus the in-office environment. Your team is now in a different work setting, and so they need to take on a newer and higher level of commitment for them to succeed in this environment. They have to be proactive in commitment behaviors such as creating an optimal at-home work environment and routine, and none of this comes easy. So let’s talk about three things leaders can do to help build commitment on their teams.
Are you looking for help with problems with your team? Normally, the first thought is to Google team building and have an expectation that a team building activity or even is going to be the solution. However, most people go into team building events with the expectation that they will walk out becoming a high performance team and that is not the case. Learn about the distinction between team building and building high performance teams.
The fundamental reason that most leadership teams don’t succeed is that they don’t stop to think about why they exist. The leadership team must discover and declare why it exists in order to truly solve the problems that they need to solve.
Purposeful leaders are intentional leaders. To be an intentional leader, you need to spend time being more intentional about authenticity, building trust, creating clarity, creating leaders, diversity, inclusivity, teaching innovation, and exercising your voice. Carla Harris, keynote speaker on stage of the 2018 Global Institute for Leadership Development shares incredible wisdom for leaders to take away with.
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