It’s September, the start of the new school year and back to work is looking a little different than usual. Over the past 18 months we have seen leaders adapt their styles to manage remote teams. Now as we enter another phase, leaders are asking how do I lead in a hybrid work environment, what do I need to focus on to be an amazing leader in this new world of work?
To make things simple, let’s focus on the 4 Cs of leadership: Context, Connection, Communication and Coaching.
As a leader you have access to more information than your team and by providing context you can support team members in understanding how their work adds value to overall goals of the organization. You can help them to see the connections between what they are working on, the priorities of your business, the needs of your customers and the work that other departments and teams are doing. Effective leaders are consistently setting context and helping team members to connect the dots.
Which brings us to connection. Connection in a hybrid work environment may look different than in a remote or in-person work environment but it is just as important. We know that having a sense of belonging and a feeling of connection to our work, our manager and our team is crucial for employee engagement