Important Soft Skills and Leadership Practices for Navigating the Virtual Workplace

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It is an understatement to say that the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the business world. As many organizations have had to pivot to remote work, both management and staff have been forced to adjust quickly to the new realities of working virtually. According to a recent study by Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom , “an incredible 42 percent of the U.S. labor force is now working from home full-time,” with this “enlarged group of work-from-home employees” accounting “for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity.” The long-term impact of this historic shift to virtual workplaces has yet to be realized, of course, but one real-time challenge facing almost every organization and business unit is being felt already: how to navigate the new realities of a virtual workplace. The answer lies in the soft skills, those interpersonal, problem-solving, critical thinking and leadership practices that drive such non-standardized, difficult-to-quantify traits and connections. Leaders have had to navigate steep learning curves to keep themselves and their staff productive, focused and healthy during the pandemic. With this learning curve in mind, here are some important soft skills and leadership tactics that you will need for navigating the new virtual workplace. Related:  The Top 5 Leadership Soft Skills You Need to Empower Your Team Trustworthiness Leadership gurus from Guy Kawasaki to Patrick Lencioni underscore this message: Trustworthiness is always critical to leading high-performing teams. Without trust,…