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Just when you thought you had this whole leadership thing pinned down, a global pandemic completely changed the game. Now, instead of interacting with your team face-to-face, you’ve gotten used to seeing your employees smiling faces from a screen. And what’s more, you also have to adjust how you manage and motivate them from afar.
Understandably, there’s going to be a learning curve. But, many leaders are continuing to fail their remote teams by committing the following six mistakes.
1. Lack of clear goals, direction, or priorities.
“As with any team, virtual or colocated, a lack of clear goals and priorities will inhibit team performance,” states Rick Lepsinger, co-author of Virtual Team Success: A Practical Guide for Working and Leading from a Distance. Of course, this isn’t the easiest of tasks when trying to communicate with a geographically distributed team. But, as long as you reassess the team’s goals as priorities as they shift over time, the odds of being a more effective leader increase.
Lepsinger says that effective teams can outline goals quickly, and a good leader can clarify how each team member will work to reach them. From there, you can use virtual meetings and post updates on your “site to inform