Amidst uncertainties due to COVID-19, leaders have a major role to play in driving organizational success. While leaders understand the importance of leading effectively in a challenging and complex environment, but virtual environment is always a tricky place to be in. It might look like that the same skills are needed to tackle similar obstacles, but virtual leadership is more about finding ways to create experiences for better team dynamics, stronger communication and gaining skills.
Virtual leaders need to have more of everything – technology, ideas, communication and patience. When the workforce is dispersed across the geography in a virtual setup, it gets challenging for leaders to address some of the key concerns –
- Being available according to different time zones
- Promoting open communication to build trust
- Going beyond operational tasks to keep teams engaged
- Dealing with predictability and reliability