Knowing yourself – knowing your people
We often share in our Maier meetings what we’ve seen out there on the latest publications lists around leadership and management – keeping on top of latest thinking obviously! What has been very noticeable in recent weeks, not surprisingly I guess, is the sheer volume of books on virtual leadership and managing people remotely. Some folk have wasted no time in coming up with a stack of reading for us; virtual team building games, long distance leadership, trust in virtual teams, creativity in virtual teams, leading project management remotely, the list goes on. It got us thinking, what would be on our own list of the totally arbitrary number of eight top issues and tips for leaders who, of course, are all now operating in a virtual environment at least some of the time.
None of this is rocket science of course, it’s more about reevaluating our leadership styles, working out where we need to dial up and where we need to dial down some of our approaches and tactics. But excitingly, it’s also about where we might want to take some risks and move out of potentially inhibiting comfort zones and try some new and more intuitive ways of leading.
A final thought, as referenced by Peterson, Abramson & Stutman in HBR Nov- Dec 20
‘…style is distinct from personality. The latter is immutable; it’s who you are on the inside. Style is best described by what you do, how often and when’
What would you add to the list? Obviously that’s why we stopped at number 8 so you could add to it!
We’d love to hear from you.