We are going through a blurry, timeless world where any processes, defined roles, and responsibilities can increase team cohesiveness and productivity. Equally, leaders can benefit more from leadership routines to improve performance.
Virtual leadership routines are essential for three reasons:
- They help connect better with team members and motivate them without losing track.
- They are the glue for consistent and intentional leadership fostering trust. An intentional leadership, “the process of deciding in advance how we want to be perceived by those we lead,” can contribute to aligning behaviors with the team or company core values.
- Routines are TIME and ENERGY savers!
Okay, but where do we start?
For example, inclusive leadership that aims to make everyone thrive and belong can start by welcoming a new team member from another team.
A quick message can go a long way for somebody new. Short notes for recognition can also help being seen, valued, and respected.
We often underestimate the power of a simple thank you and how showing gratitude can foster high cooperation in team culture.
Recently an HR friend shared how hard it was to explain to his managers that SOMETIMES the most straightforward thank you is the first step for somebody to feel appreciated while fostering a positive virtual atmosphere.
Other inclusive behaviors can increase team engagement:
- A supportive leader will always take the time during a call to coach a team member who struggles.
- He won’t be afraid to accept and discuss different views within the team, address misunderstandings, and resolve disagreements with a fairness and facts inquiry.
- She will value and leverage individual strengths and look for 360-review data before performance assessment.
Again, most of the time, the simplest things are the most efficient because they are authentic and straightforward.
And don’t forget that routines also work well in our personal lives. I have been a firm believer of their benefit from the day I started to enjoy journaling, reading, walking, and dreaming in a 1-hour format in my early daily schedule.