Successful Leadership in Hybrid Environments: Powerful Principles, Practical Steps, and Poignant Examples

Being a technical- or people leader in a hybrid work environment can be extra challenging: While on paper, it may look like hybrid work combines the “best of both [remote and co-located] worlds”, the reality often looks drastically different: 

  • You’re still bogged down in meetings all day (now with added hardware challenges during video calls).

  • You constantly have to chase information when you’re not in the office.

  • Your teams are struggling to adjust their collaboration patterns, and some of your teammates feel disconnected.

  • And it seems like neither you nor your teammates can ever be fully present where you should (or want to!) be.  

Yet, reflecting on the way you work and supporting others while you’re adjusting to a new model yourself can be really hard! This is why, in this session, we’ll take a few steps back and focus on principles that you can apply to succeed as a leader and help your teams thrive: 

We’ll cover questions like: 

  • What can you as a leader do to avoid that your organization’s hybrid approach turns into “the worst of both worlds”? 

  • What principles & approaches can you apply to lead more effectively in a hybrid environment? 

  • How does this work in practice? How have leaders in similar settings implemented these approaches in their day-to-day work with their teams?   

You’ll walk away with practical tips that you can start implementing on your next workday in order to lead more effectively in a hybrid environment. You’ll hear concrete examples from leaders that have done it before, and lessons to learn from them. In addition, you’ll take away a set of higher-level principles that you can modify to suit your role, and use to increase your impact as a leader. 


Lena Reinhard

Founder, Coach, Consultant @Lena Reinhard Leadership Coaching & Consulting

Lena Reinhard has dedicated her career to building successful, high-performing globally distributed engineering organizations, and helping teams thrive in times of high change like hypergrowth. She now offers transformational leadership coaching and consulting for leaders. Previously, Lena served as VP Engineering with CircleCI and Travis CI, as well as a startup co-founder & CEO, and through her cross-functional background and experience, she brings a unique perspective on systems of technology, business, and people.

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