How to Strengthen Your Virtual Team Leadership Skills

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Virtual leadership skills require a different approach to team time management and more thoughtful planning. Below are the tips that are resonating most with the people transitioning to virtual arrangements.

1. Prepare for the next day

Make a list of all things that need to be done the night before each day. Cross out the things that you don’t really need to do. Put all things left on the calendar. Schedule rest and family time. Make a list of all communications that need to go out (giving updates, asking for meetings, delegating tasks).

2. Schedule time for the 3 F’s - Focus time, Family time, and Fitness time

Save the morning time for the top 3 priorities that need to be completed. Remove all distractions and obstacles to focus (e.g. put on an out of office note to help you focus, turn off WiFi, shut off smartphone notifications). Below is a sample schedule that can be adjusted to your situation.

● 5:00-6:00 AM –LIVE LIKE A RETIREE (have coffee, read the news)

● 6:00-8:00 AM – FOCUS TIME – Build 1-3 things

8:00-10:00 AM – FREE (exercise, help your spouse, partner or children)

● 10:00-12:00 – TEAM SUPPORT (calls, meetings, coaching, reviews)

12:00-1:00 – FREE (Move around)

● 1:00-5:00 – CLIENT CALLS

● 5:00-6:00 – PLAN FOR NEXT DAY

6:00-9:00 - FREE

3. Prioritize time spent on activities: 60-30-10 Rule

● 60% - Must do

● 30% - Should do

● 10% - Nice to do

4. Set yourself up to have a “good” day