The New Remote Leader (It’s Okay)

Greg Thomas

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There is a lot of guidance out there about everything you need to be doing as a remote leader. And a good portion of that is good. The game has changed and managing people remotely is a very different endeavour from managing them when you see them day in and day out.

It would be akin to taking someone who manages remotely and telling them they now have to be in the office to manage the team. The first few weeks would be a culture shock as they realize that all that they did remotely, they can no longer do when in the office.

If you’re struggling with all that is going into managing your team remotely than hats off to you. Because if you realize that you are struggling, then you know you are doing a good job and you know you are working through it. It’s as though you’ve become a new leader all over again when you were floored with all those emotions of anxiety, worry, being uncomfortable and not sure of yourself. But you got through it, each day, putting in the work, putting in the right steps, following your plan to get it done.

You’re on the right path.

And it’s okay to take a break, go watch a show that’s meaningless for a bit to de-stress and figure things out. Go sit outside (if you can) and read a book or stare at a tree (done that). There is nothing wrong with any of that. You were probably already doing…

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Greg Thomas

Software Architect, Developer, Author and Leader helping organizations build scalable software delivery teams and implement cloud-based solutions