Leaders can become very shadowy and increasingly irrelevant figures for teams who rarely see or hear from them. Remember that a leader’s contributions are always assessed by others, be they ‘superiors’ or ‘subordinates’ in old hierarchal terms. Put more simply, with multiple teams it’s very important to not only ‘do’ but be seen to be ‘doing’ by other team members. So, even if geographic circumstances mean that you can’t physically spend a lot of time with a team, it’s worth making sure they’re kept informed of what you’re doing to support them. It’s also a good idea to keep them up to date, albeit in very general terms, about what you’re working on in other areas – even ones they’re not personally associated with.
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