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Working remotely isn’t always as luxurious as it seems. Many people in remote positions struggle to stay motivated in their work and greatly miss human connection. So what can we do from a leadership perspective to alleviate the emotional pitfalls that remote teams often experience? Thankfully, Melissa Romo, wrote a book to show us the way.  

Melissa Romo is a veteran of global business management, having held executive roles in Warsaw, Paris, London and New York for some of the world’s most recognized companies. Melissa has built and managed high-performing teams around the world in office-based, hybrid and fully remote settings. 

She is the author of the forthcoming book “Your Resource Is Human” (2023), a practical guide to empathetic leadership for building culture and connections in the remote and hybrid workplace. Melissa’s book has been lauded by workplace and leadership experts as “the book 21st century leaders and followers have been pining for.”

(00:40) Ilona’s Reflections; TLDR

  • The human connection through empathetic leadership in the digital age
  • Beginning to understand cyber psychology

(05:13) About the book

  • Identifying the truth behind what it’s really like to work remotely
  • Learning how to support your remote team

(18:31) What do leaders in the digital age need to do differently?

  • Why it’s important for leaders to have a diversified skillset
  • Companies need to decide if they want to be 100% remote or hybrid

(29:08) Who is a leader that influenced you?

  • Understanding what it means to have a sponsor
  • Ken Chenault – carrying yourself with unwavering conviction 

(35:07) Tell me about something that helped you on your leadership development journey

  • Melissa’s baptism by fire story of managing a team in another country

 (42:07) What are the trends in leadership that you are seeing in your field?

  • Authentic leadership is a hot topic but many are still trying to discover what it actually means and how to adapt

 (48:07) What are your 3 top tips for leaders in the digital age?

  • Spend time with your people, trust your team and don’t fuss with the detail, but also get your hands dirty 

Links for resources from this episode: 

Podcast episode: Kenneth Chenault; What’s in your Glass? With Carmelo Anthony

Book: Decoding Sponsorship; The Secret Strategy to Accelerate Your Career and Launch Into Leadership by maggie Chan Jones

Melissa Romo LinkedIn

Melissa Romo on TikTok

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