Measuring How Sharp Your Virtual Leadership Skills Are

By Dummies Press

Part of Virtual Teams For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The caliber of leadership on any virtual team plays a critical role in the levels of success and innovation that can be achieved. Review this checklist to determine whether or not your virtual leadership skills are honed to a keen edge or need some improvements.

  • You’re more comfortable delegating tasks and providing coaching and support to your team than doing things yourself.
  • You engage your virtual team in collaboratively creating a vision of success and agreeing on what behaviors will positively influence results.
  • You have clear expectations on how the team will use technology to stay connected.
  • Before committing to a team decision, you encourage the team to discuss if it’s in alignment with your purpose, values, and goals. Together you decide to say no to requests that aren’t aligned.
  • Your team trusts you and your effectiveness as a leader.
  • You walk my talk when demonstrating your team values and staying connected.
  • You have a pulse on the energy of the team and where conflict or obstacles may exist.
  • You address conflict openly and quickly with the team, taking great care to respect different viewpoints and encourage solution-focused thinking.
  • You view problems as opportunities to excel and create a learning culture on your team. You share mistakes and lessons learned frequently.
  • The team meetings have an agenda, stay on time, and give everyone the opportunity to contribute.
  • You seek out opportunities for education and skills enhancement for the team with a focus on continually staying on top of best practices and growing the team’s abilities.
  • Everything that happens on the team whether positive or negative is a reflection of your leadership. If things need to change, you need to change first.
  • You quickly address any performance issues and have virtual face-to-face meetings with team members who aren’t meeting expectations.
  • You consistently recognize team members for their accomplishments and encourage others to speak up when another team member has made a difference for them.
  • You’re open to new suggestions and ideas and frequently ask for feedback on your performance.
  • You don’t accept credit for successes but rather attribute them freely to your team.
  • You regularly align team member work tasks to the vision and values that are important to the team.

If you checked off ten or more statements, then you’re on the right track. Keep up the good work!