The coronavirus outbreak has upended many aspects of our daily lives, including our work and business relationships. Many of us are being forced to conduct business in ways that we never really considered before. Employees used to weekly or daily face to face meetings now have to make do with a conference call or video conference, and usually on a less frequent basis. The question then becomes this. What can you, as a leader in your organization, do to remain effective, and lead your team? The leadership abilities and skills you had previously don’t simply go away because you are working remotely. You are still the same person that you were before, but you may find yourself having to adapt and use those skills in new ways. The team you lead is going to look to you to set the tone and provide guidance and direction. As well as giving hope that things will restore to what they were before. Here are some actions you can take during the age of coronavirus:
You must stay in contact with your team, whether by email, telephone, video conference, or preferably, all of the above. Team members will expect and want to hear from you regularly.
Make sure you check in with every employee at least weekly if not more often. Of course, you will want to discuss the business at hand but take a few minutes to ask them if they are doing well, do they need anything, and how they are holding up. Your employees will appreciate this kindness and consideration, as it will let them know you care about them as individuals and haven’t forgotten them.
Regardless of whether it is online or in-person, leadership is leadership. Online leadership does present certain specific challenges and difficulties, but you can still lead your team effectively even in an online environment. Don’t let the current situation prevent you from doing what you do best. Continue to be present for your team and provide guidance and you will lead them to a successful outcome.
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