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Everyone’s saying “Remote Leadership Development” is the future. Here’s why I disagree.

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In recent years, the business world has been abuzz with the concept of “Remote Leadership Development.” Influential voices like the ones listed on a research made by FlexOS have praised it as the future of leadership. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be? In this article, I’ll take a closer look at this trend and explore why I believe there’s more to the story.

The Remote Revolution

The rise of remote work has been nothing short of transformative. It’s allowed companies to tap into global talent pools, reduced overhead costs, and provided employees with greater flexibility. With remote work becoming the norm, it’s no surprise that leadership development has followed suit.

Leaders’ perspective on remote work has dramatically changed after COVID-19 : According to a recent survey, that you can find here.

The celebrity endorsement

Many prominent figures in the business world, as listed above and including for example Microsoft’s and HBS’s people, have endorsed remote leadership development as the path forward. They argue that it’s the key to building effective leadership in our increasingly digital and dispersed world.

Why I disagree

While I appreciate the benefits of remote work and acknowledge the potential of remote leadership development, I also see some important caveats:

      1. Lack of personal connection: Effective leadership often relies on personal connections, trust, and rapport. Building these crucial relationships can be more challenging in a remote environment.
      2. Communication challenges: Remote leadership demands exceptional communication skills. Misunderstandings and miscommunications can occur more frequently when team members are geographically dispersed.
      3. Mental health considerations: Remote work can blur the boundaries between work and personal life, potentially leading to burnout and reduced well-being among leaders.

    Finding the balance

    In the end, it’s not about completely dismissing remote leadership development but rather finding the right balance. Leveraging technology for training and development is important, but it must be complemented with strategies to maintain personal connections and ensure the well-being of leaders and teams.

    In conclusion, while “Remote Leadership Development” may have its merits, it’s not the panacea some make it out to be. Entrepreneurs and leaders should approach this trend with a critical eye, weighing the benefits against the challenges it presents. By doing so, they can empower themselves to make informed and authentic choices in the evolving world of leadership.

    I’m Giusy Falco and I work in a counterintuitive way with entrepreneurs and organizations to catalyze their energies to encompass their mission and vision in reality. Feel free to contact me for more information or on this article to suit your specific needs.