Updated: May 13
While it can be challenging to adjust, every effective leader needs to figure out ways to communicate virtually.
As the world has rapidly changed and people transitioned to remote working, leaders were challenged to find new ways to be present. People need to see leadership so that they feel connected and know what is expected of them. It makes people feel more confident. Continue reading to learn how to cultivate leadership presence in a remote work environment.
"If you need to explore a topic further with someone, let them know that you want to schedule a one-on-one meeting when you can give them your undivided attention."
Arrive Early for Meetings
Leaders can arrive early for meetings so that people can come and connect with them. As a leader, you can take a minute to see how everyone is feeling, and you will notice if anyone is stressed out or needs help. Make sure that you put your phone away so that people know you are present for them.
During the Meeting
While you are in the meeting, you need to sit up and keep your feet on the ground. Stay calm and confident so that everyone feels assured. Even if you are looking at people on a screen, you can maintain eye contact with the camera whenever someone else is speaking.
You should be dressed for a meeting even if you are having it online. Make sure that you are not distracted or fidgeting, and stay present and focused on the meeting. If you need to explore a topic further with someone, let them know that you want to schedule a one-on-one meeting when you can give them your undivided attention.
What to Do When the Meeting Ends
After the meeting, take a minute to clear your head. Jot down any important notes about the meeting. Make sure that you record any decisions that were reached and any actions that were taken so that you know. You don’t want to have details from the meeting jumping into your mind throughout the rest of the day.
Once you clear your head, you will be ready for your next meeting or your next task. You can also reflect on how you handled the meeting. It can be difficult to stay focused online, and it is tempting to check your phone or turn your camera off. Make sure that you didn’t do those things, and consider how you can be more present the next time.