How to Remain a Good Leader From a Distance

One of the most essential aspects of being a leader is finding the balance between micromanaging and being too “hands-off.” You want to give your team the freedom they need to do their jobs, but you also want to make sure people stay on task.

So, how do you remain a good leader from a respectable distance? Here are a few tips for maintaining just enough space to provide that freedom without entirely letting go of the reins.

Structure and Guidance

Routines are essential in a workplace setting. In remote environments, which have become common with COVID-19, those routines help employees stay on task and continue striving toward their goals.

Checking in is fine. It lets you as the leader know where the team is while also letting them know that there still is some accountability and structure involved. Whether communicating remotely or in person, check in and see where the team is at. Make sure that everyone is working toward that shared common goal.

Listen to Employees

It is also important to gauge how employees are doing. Not just with their work, but how they are feeling in general. Not only does it let the team know that leadership is thinking of them, but it allows for help and guidance to be implemented.

By listening and helping employees, the team sees that leadership cares. When we know that those in charge care about us as people, it makes it all the easier to want to work hard for them.

Know Who Is Working on What

There is an important distinction between knowing what everyone is doing and micromanaging. By knowing where people are in a task and how they are doing, it allows the manager to be flexible. Those doing fine can be left at a respectable distance.

But those struggling can then use leadership as a helping hand. Finding that balance shows that you are willing to help out without being controlling or imposing.

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Based in New York, Dan Idhenga is intrigued by the realms of business, entrepreneurship, and finance. Currently, he is studying to receive his Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York, from which he expects to graduate in June of 2020. With a concentration in finance, a minor in political science, and sweeping interests in global affairs and macroeconomics, Dan is looking forward to diving head-first into the workforce upon receiving his degree. Throughout his academic career, Dan Idhenga has been presented with incredible opportunities to undergo personal and professional growth, both through internships and other leadership activities made available to him through Baruch College. He has actively participated in the school’s chapter of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), 50Five Capital/Baruch Fund, and Delta Sigma Pi, the Professional Business Fraternity.

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