Collaborative leadership: driving remote team success
By Joe Garzaniti
In today’s highly connected world, business leaders are increasingly called upon to manage remote teams and inspire a disbanded workforce. For the team at Alliance SI, this is not a new challenge. In fact, it’s something we’ve been excelling at for over 40 years. Our leadership program has evolved around collaboration and empowerment to deliver connection and purpose to our team, regardless of their physical location. It is our commitment to our process and our investment in our values that underpins the success of our many remote teams.
Alliance SI’s mission is to enrich the lives of our customers, our employees and our community by building the most innovative, dependable and resilient networks. That network might be the one made of physical cables or the intangible one that unites us in a common purpose. Regardless, we understand that building dependable networks requires a collaborative leadership approach to deliver success.
It is easy for corporations to lose sight of what is truly important in a business – its people. When those people work remotely and have little opportunity for connection, this is even more likely. In a collective workplace, people are naturally connected; ideas shared; friendships formed. Inspirational leaders will harness this vibrancy to create a collaborative community.
Remote teams do not have the benefit of this environmental motivation or connection. It is easy for them to feel disconnected from their colleagues or from the business as a whole – and company standards or values can be easily overlooked or forgotten. Ultimately, it is the strength of the company’s culture, underpinned by the strength of the leadership style that drives remote team success.
With so many years tangible experience to draw upon, we understand the mindset and leadership approach that best supports a successful remote team. It is one of the reasons our Remote Hands service is sought after, and how we continue to grow our national capabilities while strengthening our corporate ethos not diluting it. ‘Virtual’ leadership focuses on amplifying collaboration and morale through open communication, absolute transparency and ingrained accountability.
Teaching proactive and effective leadership skills to our current and emerging business leaders is another business priority and another reason behind the success of our business model. Alliance SI has a firm commitment to our professional development program, empowering people to be the best they can be – and to bring out the best in others. An open line of communication; empathy; recognition; transparency; independence; opportunities for growth; clear guidance to expected performance; and unwavering support are all key components of our collaborative leadership approach.
Ultimately, as workplaces continue to evolve beyond the physical office toward a digitally driven remote team, companies need to switch focus to leadership practices that are less directive and more collaborative, inspiring people to engage in different ways and to remain connected to the culture of the organisation in a way that is meaningful and relevant. It is a formula that has worked well for Alliance SI for over 40 years, and one that will take us far into the future of the new working world.
Contact a member of our qualified team to learn more about how Alliance SI helps build dependable networks for better communication.