Leading a virtual team is not the same as leading a co-located team; underestimating the differences can have a profound impact on organizational outcomes and on individual stress levels and wellbeing. Knowing how to develop and maintain high-performing virtual teams has become a critical competitive advantage.
In this program, GISC faculty will address and make explicit the often-overlooked keys to leading a high-performing virtual team. Getting there, and avoiding the feelings of isolation and alienation that are all too pervasive among virtual team members, requires a savvy, thoughtful leader who pays equal attention to tasks and relationships, and to both individuals as well as team dynamics.
All tools, assessments and virtual classroom activities incorporate best practices and current research. Participants can expect short lectures, both large group and small group projects or discussions where everyone has the opportunity to speak, as well as opportunities for individual reflection, and assignments to complete between sessions that will result in a completed plan for leading their own high-performing virtual team.
Participants will develop skills and approaches and create a virtual leadership plan to:
- Apply research-proven approaches for building trust from a distance
- Co-create shared realities and a shared vision
- Ensure that virtual team members feel included
- Manage conflict from a distance
- Build connection and foster collaboration
- Coach and manage performance
- Apply best practices for leading virtual meetings
- Develop presence in the virtual environment
- Match communication technology to focus on both tasks and relationships
This program is designed for leaders who work from a distance or for those moving into virtual work, as well as coaches and consultants who support clients working virtually. This program may be brought into your organization as a custom offering. Recent client organizations include Corning and IKEA.
You will receive instructions and an invitation to join the live-online program prior to the program start date. You need to have or have access to a desktop or laptop computer and a microphone-headset, as well as an internet connection with a reasonable bandwidth. You do not need any special software; the teaching is web-based.
“This is the first time I participated in a virtual training and I am very pleased with the experience! I tend to be a shy person so the small break out groups helped me to have good discussions with the team.”