Virtual leadership, is much more demanding than leading people on-site. Managers who lead virtually master completely new leadership tasks.
Their questions are, e.g.:
- How can I inspire my high-performing employees?
- How can I control if the tasks projects are on the right track?
- How can I get in touch with my employees, so I don’t miss an important information?
- How can I inform my employees, so that THEY don’t miss an important information?
- How can I bring together my employees and team, so that they can collaborate efficiently?
In virtual leadership the manager and at least one of his/her employees are physically separated from each other and therefore have to communicate via different channels, e.g:
- Messengers / chat
- Collaboration tools, e.g. wiki
- Shares files
3 most common mistakes:
- The remote leader forgets to inform the team members about an important change or deadline
- The remote leader start to micro-manage everyone and has no time left for the important decision making
- The remote leader doesn’t give the employees all information (e.g. goals), resources, tools, and trust they need to succeed