Is your team also trying out more shared leadership?
Recently, we have been having a lot of conversations on the topic of shared leadership, whether it works for specific teams and contexts, and how best to introduce it to teams used to more traditional vertical leadership. Shared leadership is an important aspect of working in an agile-inspired way – gone are the days of top-down instructions and fixed leadership roles. Nowadays, we are focused on ensuring that the best-suited person leads and that how things are done are decided by those doing the work.
Of course, as we work in different spaces and time zones, it becomes more and more challenging to make sure that changes in how we work and interact are more effective. Our communication is more asynchronous and our coffee breaks no longer allow for quick check-ins by the water cooler making it more difficult to get the feedback we need.
So we at Fugu wanted to collate some common challenges we’ve been hearing and to share our thoughts on how to tackle these effectively. Hopefully, our content is useful for you…
Running experiments to try to solve complex problems is becoming more and more common, so much so that many teams are now also trying out different ideas and approaches simultaneously to innovate even more quickly.
But this can mean that work can be done twice… or that different groups develop different understandings of the problem to be solved and end up too far apart.
It can be difficult to know how much free rein is the right amount when increasing empowerment in a team. Is requesting a specific outcome too restrictive? Should I wait for people to come to me with problems, or should I be checking in with them more frequently?
We’ve compiled a guideline for you to differentiate between shared leadership that drives powerful outcomes, and its extremes of over-empowerment and vertical leadership.
Often when we think of teams with asynchronous communication, we think of teams of digital nomads developing apps across 7 time zones, but the reality is that having a different lunchtime to your colleague in the same city can already create the same scenario.
Whether it’s trying to coordinate with a night owl when you’re an early bird or your parallel role supervising Zoom school for the kids, we are all learning to communicate differently with our teammates and colleagues.
We hope that you find this article interesting and informative – tell us what resonates with you and what challenges we can help you with by getting in touch.