Virtual Leadership: Leading Dispersed Teams
MPLT|Managing People and Leading Teams
Examine what it takes to successfully work with, and lead, distanced teams. Acquire critical skills leaders and members of a virtual team need for creating, maintaining and motivating successful virtual teams.
In the digital age, people are traveling less and meeting face-to-face less frequently with their fellow team members and leaders. Virtual teams are already a fact of the global marketplace as companies leverage global talent, and technology facilitates better communication.
By examining what it takes to lead and work with distanced teams, you will learn how to effectively navigate the challenges and obstacles related to working virtually. The program draws from recent research to identify the necessary skills members of virtual teams need for creating, maintaining and motivating successful virtual teams. A two-stage model of distance leadership is introduced that teaches participants how to more effectively work with and lead teams that don’t share a physical space.
- Recognizing technical, interpersonal and cultural issues facing virtual team
- Exploring factors for effective virtual teamwor
- Examining best practices in leading local and global virtual team
- Assessing perspectives, harnessing aptitudes, minimizing weaknesses, setting expectations and managing performance of diverse employees with limited contact
- Benefits and drawbacks of dispersed working environment
- Audio conferencing
- Learn why virtual teams are so important to organizations today and understand the dynamics
- Discover tools for managing people from afar
- Acquire strategies for communicating effectively with distanced team members
- Become skilled at working with the two stage model of virtual leadership
- Recognize your employees' development needs
- Identify appropriate resources for employee development
- Find out what keeps valued employees from leaving when working from a distance
- Know how to use the performance management process as a retention tool
Caroline Bartel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Management
Deirdre Mendez, Ph.D., Lecturer, Department of Management
John Daly, Ph.D., Professor, College of Communication and McCombs School of Business