As remote and flexible working arrangements have rapidly become the new norm, many managers will find themselves at a loss to know exactly how to effectively lead their teams from a distance. Even with access to the very best technology, they are still faced with new challenges around motivation, communication, quality control, efficiency and ongoing development. For any business to survive these challenging times, we all need two things – a little luck and some really effective remote leadership.
In moving towards more flexible working arrangements, it is vital that your leaders and individual contributors adapt to the new working arrangements as quickly and easily as possible. There are three overarching considerations:
- Establishing and maintaining behavioural guidelines for remote working
- Recognising the critical role that effective communication plays in maintaining motivated and productive remote workers
- Understanding and implementing the appropriate leadership styles that have a positive impact on remote working
An increasing amount of research supports the hypothesis that traditional reward/recognition-based leadership systems are less effective than ‘transformational leadership’ in delivering consistent, long-term results. Effective, transformational leaders tend to craft their messages carefully, are open to followers’ input, communicate candidly and appeal to followers’ individual needs & aspirations in order to gain trust and commitment. These leadership characteristics are reflected in Situational Leadership and are captured in the ‘four i’s’:
- Idealised influence – e.g. respect, trust, exemplary role-modelling, ground rules
- Inspirational motivation – e.g. linking goals to strategy, Situational Leadership ii®
- Intellectual stimulation – allocating challenging work, ‘getting out of the way’
- Individual consideration – personal 1:1 time, coaching, feedback, tailored comms, frequency
In creating our remote working workshops, we have kept these four key areas front and centre, focussing on the practical implications and applications for both the leaders and the individual contributors.
In response to the recent issues facing the country, many managers and team members will be facing the prospect of leading and working remotely for the first time. Our programme has been designed to equip all those dealing with this new way of working with the tools, confidence and motivation to ensure productivity and performance remains as high as before.
Do take a look at our Remote Management agendas to get a better idea of the range of content we could include.
Contact us today on 020 7234 0480 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your objectives in more detail.