Increasingly our volunteer teams are spread across town, across the state, across the country and even over country borders. It's tough enough to lead a group of volunteers, but when you're leading via phone and web, its downright messy.
Last week, I had the opportunity to lead a webinar for chapter leaders on this very topic. Check out the slide deck.
I shared that the more time I spend on and leading distributed teams, the more I've come to value the curious leader. Why? Well, the curious leader is the one who
- Asks great open-ended questions - imperative to getting to know to each other especially when that process is interrupted by miles and time and has limited face-to-face connection.
- Seeks out new ways - so they aren't reticent as trying new technologies to improve team collaboration and communication.
- Absorbs other's enthusiasm - being open to the energy of others generally builds the energy for the whole group.
- Expects things to be fun - and actually find fun in challenges.
- Creates inviting group activities - exploration is a natural driven for a curious leader.
So, maybe the most important thing any distributed team leader can do is build nurture their power of curiousity. Are you curious?