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How do you successfully manage and lead a team remotely? This is a question that comes up a lot. When it comes to remote vs. in-person, the basic principles of good leadership remain the same. The only difference is the method in which we are interacting with others and our surrounding environment, however, it does require a different skillset to be able to develop those crucial soft skills and deliver them online.

In this episode, I’m having a conversation with my business collaborator, Nicola Scott, all about her leadership journey in the digital age. Nic is an experienced learning and development consultant, facilitator and Coach and is building her own thriving business, pulling together all her knowledge and experience. Through years of hands on frontline experience of supporting others to grow and develop, and as an L&D consultant, Nic has developed a passion for coaching in all its forms, delivering team, personal development, leadership, wellbeing and career coaching. She truly believes in the potential of others and feels that it is a real privilege to support others through their learning journeys.

(01:25) Ilona’s Reflections; TLDR

  • Insights into our philosophy and approach to remote first leadership
  • Remote leadership not being as new as it may seem

(06:08) What was it like to transition from working as a employee to doing your own thing?

  • Took advantage of temporary roles during the transition
  • Normalizing career changes, shifting roles and encouraging learning and development

(15:37) Who is a leader that influenced you?

  • Leaders who were very supportive in my aspirations and dreams and who stood up for their beliefs and exercised thought leadership in that way

(27:33) Tell me about something that helped you on your leadership development journey

  • Having an organization invest in my leadership development because of potential they saw in me, not because I requested it
  • Someone else believing in me before I did and leaning on the support of a coach

 (41:06) What are the trends in leadership that you are seeing in your field?

  • Organizations investing in coaching support for their team
  • Giving colleagues the opportunity to connect and network with others in similar roles

 (46:24) What are your 3 top tips for leaders in the digital age?

  • Genuinely connecting with your remote team on a regular basis
  • Taking advantage of the talent and diversity in this digital age
  • Taking care of yourself

Links for resources from this episode: 

Nicola’s LinkedIn: nicola-scottlearning

Nicola’s Instagram: @seeds_coaching

Nicola’s Email:

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