Q&A: How to Start a New Role as a Leader When Your Team Is Still Working Remotely (EP065)

Leading a new team remotely is a challenge for many leaders in 2020 and 2021.

You cannot see your team members face to face. You cannot get to know them the way you usually would in the office. And you cannot get to know others leaders inside your organisation as easily as you normally would.

How do you build relationships with your team when they’re working remotely? How do you build key relationships with other leaders when everyone is working from home?

These are key questions that many ambitious emerging leaders want to know the answer to and I address them in this week’s podcast episode and YouTube video. 

Starting any new leadership role is challenging. But when you cannot meet and interact with people in-person, it makes it a whole lot harder. 

The seven strategies I share in these resources are to help you get to know your team, establish rapport and build trust with them while you are all working remotely.

You will learn about:

  1. How to get to know your team when working remotely.
  2. Help your team understand your goals.
  3. Decide the best way to communicate.
  4. Open up a “free talk time”.
  5. Empower your team to make decisions.
  6. Organise a virtual pizza party.
  7. Get to know other leaders inside your organisation.

I also share an activity you can do with your team to get to know them. The questions I use in the activity are below:

Questions in the “Get to Know Your Team” Activity

  1. What do we already know about our new leader?
  2. What don’t we know but would like to know about our new leader?
  3. What are our fears or concerns about our new leader?
  4. What do we hope for with our new leader?
  5. What recommendations do we have for communication, dealing with issues, meetings etc?
  6. Other questions that will help you get to know your team (and vice versa).

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About Kara

Kara Ronin is the founder of Executive Impressions. She is an executive coach who specialises in leadership presence, social skills and business etiquette. She is also the creator of Bestselling Udemy course, Business Etiquette 101. Kara’s advice and unique perspectives have been featured in Time Inc., Business Insider, Ignites Europe (a Financial Times Service), The Muse, The Local France, The West Australian, and more. Kara works regularly with lawyers, investment bankers, and finance professionals to help them build presence, authority and influence in business. Get Kara's insights delivered straight to your inbox