Why intentional leadership is crucial for dispersed teams
26th October 2021
Today’s business leaders face one of the biggest challenges of their generation as we prepare to enter a new era for the workplace. If last year was all about firefighting as leaders navigated their way through the ever-changing challenges of the pandemic, now they face the even tougher task of creating a ‘new normal’.
With many teams adopting a hybrid model, splitting their time between home and the office, those in charge need to make their leadership intentional, or risk becoming victim to the so-called ‘great resignation’.
MovePlan recently surveyed nearly 1,200 employees at both junior and senior levels, and our findings showed 45% ranked ‘team people and culture’ as the most important aspect when choosing a job, followed by flexible working (39%). Employees are sending the message loud and clear that they want to feel a connection – with their team, their manager, and their company. But how can that be achieved when many teams are working remotely?
Creating a sense of shared purpose virtually presents a unique challenge. There is the risk that employees may become confused about evolving priorities, company culture, and new policies. It is, therefore, vital that leaders work intentionally to connect with their teams and strengthen culture so that everyone is working towards the same purpose.
Those who feel connected to their team, manager, and company are more likely to stay longer and perform better, reducing the risk of losing talent elsewhere.
Lindsay Peters, Global Development Director at MovePlan, said it is important to create a sense of shared purpose virtually, explaining: “Leaders need to consider how they ensure they are providing the correct types of engagement and collaboration opportunities whether employees are in the office or not.
“How are we training or empowering managers to have those conversations with teams? We want quality engagement between those in the office and those who are remote. We are working remotely, but are we doing it well?”
“Leaders need to consider how they ensure they are providing the correct types of engagement and collaboration opportunities whether employees are in the office or not."
— Lindsay Peters, Global Development Director, MovePlan
These are some of the questions that will be answered in a new one-hour Intentional Leadership workshop being delivered by MovePlan, offered to current and future clients. The virtual workshop will guide managers and leaders through some of the new challenges they are facing, encouraging them to tackle and address important questions and offering tips and advice for best practise, drawn from our client experience and internal team.
The workshop will also review productivity in the new world of remote working, and question what that might look like, how to define it and how to measure it.
Lindsay said: “Right now we are faced with a high demand market for talent and one of the main reasons people leave is because that connection with their managers and with the company isn’t there. If there isn’t a connection, there is a risk you will lose your most talented people because they don’t feel engaged.
“Leaders need to ensure that everyone is treated equally whether they are in the office or working remotely. If you are giving away treats, are those working remotely able to access these?
“For leaders it is all about being focused on people and being in the moment. They need to really be there to listen.”