Lead with the principle: trust before task
Studies in virtual leadership consistently demonstrate that remote leaders need to first understand the central role that cross-cultural trust plays in achieving overall strategic goals. ‘Trust’ means different things to different people worldwide, and the way a virtual leader builds trust requires courage, openness, and a well-informed, emotionally-intelligent approach.
If you are a virtual leader, a lateral leader with no formal authority, or a virtual team member who needs concrete interventions to build a more solid foundation of trust with fellow team members, we have many effective and proven approaches to help make it happen.
Effective digital leaders understand that leveraging cross-cultural communications and lateral collaboration are essential to reinforce trust and create high performing virtual teams. Fostering balanced, self-organized, international teams is a sophisticated influencing process. Again, we have the depth of experience and expertise to support you.
Virtual leaders need to increase their visibility and provide opportunities for virtual team members to remain visible and contribute meaningfully to teamwork. Bringing a virtual team together, establishing a team, and maintaining positive interactions across cultures are multifaceted challenges. Communication, trust, openness, and positive leadership approaches are your best instruments for creating a motivating environment throughout the team’s life. We can support you in focusing on tangible and appropriate interventions to make these virtual tools more effective and productive.
@ virtual-teamwork.com, we have been learning from and consulting with some of the best global digital leaders for over three decades. We thrive on the complexities of cross-cultural virtual leadership interactions and have developed concrete interventions to deal with these oftentimes ambiguous demands.
If you are a digital leader needing more reflection and guidance on what you can do to build a more solid foundation of trust with team members who have never even met face-to-face, we have many effective approaches to support you in this and a variety of other crucial virtual leadership areas.