Leading a team to success isn’t easy under ordinary circumstances. But during a global pandemic, it’s more difficult than ever.
The business world was just turned upside down and leaders are hustling to adapt to this new normal. Leaders need the best from their teams, but many teams are stressed, anxious, and struggling to adapt to remote work.
Here are some ways that any leader can foster sustainable performance with their teams.
Communicate Openly and Frequently
We are living and working through a time of great uncertainty. Nobody really knows what the future holds for our health, our families, our jobs, and so forth. It’s a recipe for anxiety, stress, and dread.
One of the best ways for leaders to combat this is through communication. Leaders at every level should be regularly communicating with their teams. Although it may seem too forthright, the best approach is being transparent about the current situation.
If layoffs or pay cuts are a possibility on the horizon, let teams know that might happen. Nobody can predict the future, but we can tell our teams “if x happens, we may need to do y.” Silence from leadership breeds fear and hearsay, which only interferes with our work.
Be Patient While Striving for Excellence
With the economy tanking, many of businesses are suffering. On the other hand, some organizations are thriving and want to make the most of this opportunity for rapid growth. Whichever camp you fall in, you need the absolute best from your teams right now.
Unfortunately, the issues of stress, anxiety, and a new work environment are making it hard for some team members. The best approach is balancing patience while striving for excellence. As leaders, we have to acknowledge that we’re not working under ordinary circumstances. Some people need more time to adapt than others.
When facing performance issues, we undermine our performance goals if we’re impatient, frustrated, or irritated. This is key under normal circumstances but it’s doubly important when people are going through a stressful time. We must push for excellence while remaining patient, supportive, and compassionate.
Offer Your Trust Freely
For many leaders, the kneejerk reaction to remote work is the sense that we’re losing control. It’s harder to know what our employees are up to and whether they’re staying productive. For many leaders, we associate remote work with less productivity and more distractions.
Through this transition, leaders have to offer their trust freely. People can sense when you don’t trust them. Additionally, people tend to rise or fall to our expectations for them. If we make it clear that we have faith in our teams to knock it out of the park, they will be inspired to prove us right. We have to give our trust freely until we have a clear reason to take it away.
If You Want More From Your Teams, Try Out the Predictive Index’s Behavioral Assessments
Even with these tips in mind, it can be hard to drive sustainable performance. We’re in uncharted waters with the market being flipped upside down. When our team’s performance is this crucial, it helps to have an extra tool on-hand to drive results.
Here at Qualigence, we’ve made great use of behavioral assessments from the Predictive Index. This assessment can be taken in just a few minutes and provides actionable insights on individual employees and teams. It lets us know what behaviors to expect from a given individual, highlighting their strengths and where they may need extra help.
In fact, with this assessment, we were able to accurately predict which of our team members would struggle with remote work. With that knowledge, we developed strategies to account for these challenges and help these team members adapt and overcome.
If you want to try a free demo of PI’s behavioral assessment, contact us today and ask for a BA demo. We’re standing by to help you get the best from your teams through this difficult time!