Leadership in Fully Remote Teams

THAT Conference 2019
Day: Thu, Aug 8   Time: 1:00 PM   Location: African 70 (map)
Level: 100  Primary Category: Soft Skills  Secondary Category: You Can't Put a Label on Me
Tags: distributed, team, Management, leadership, remote, leads
Remote working, or telecommuting, has been around since the 1970s but has only made a measurable shift in adoption in the past ten years. Technology improvements in communication and security makes it possible for people to work from wherever & whenever. Remote workers need guidance and leadership like traditional co-located employees. You must use different leadership methods to be a successful remote leader.
Leading a traditional team in a physical office is a demanding role but has years of training and resources available to learn from. Leading a remote team is a newer concept and there isn't a real well-defined way of how leaders should operate in these environments. Remote teams can be set up in different ways which each affect how leaders run their teams.
In this session, you'll learn ways to help manage your remote workers in ways that'll support them to be productive and prevent you from coming across as a micro-manager. Remote working brings a whole set of challenges that should be addressed by every employee and it's a good leader's role to make sure nobody is blocked by them. You'll also learn the importance of cultural bias and how it can affect communication and team harmony. Lastly you'll find out how critical regular feedback is and how to put in place with your teams. Throughout the session you'll get some tips on tools and processes that you can start to use immediately.