In the not too distant past, effective leadership was about change, and effective leaders were considered ‘Agents of Change,’ with sole responsibility for getting their teams to rise to organizational challenges. Because of the complexity of our modern world, dramatic as well as incremental changes will occur, and many of them will be beyond your control. That no longer works, and no one person, regardless of how talented and hardworking, is capable of mastering all that is required of business leadership today.
Effective leadership in the virtual workplace has reflected a paradigm shift that has occurred, bringing a new order of business relationships and a new definition for the role of the leader. The very nature of a dispersed team means that virtual leaders like you can no longer successfully manage through command-and-control techniques. Leadership takes confidence in your team and the tenacity to integrate people, despite time and space constraints. Your team members may be out of sight, but they can’t be out of mind.
And so a different kind of leadership is emerging, which focuses on connection and collaboration and encourages people to rise above their differences and connect at the human level. At its core, this leadership is rooted in the human element and reflects an increased level of trust and transparency. The updated role as the ‘Agent of Connection’ is your most important role as a virtual leader.
Human Connection in business is such a fundamental, though challenging concept for all leaders. Many disregard its significance; some learn it too late in their careers; while others never quite make the connection.
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