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Most people who’ve worked remotely can attest that while virtual teamwork has its pros, it can present unique challenges, such as some people participating more than others, difficulty in dealing with conflict, and trouble developing trust.
The frustration team members experience is often compounded by technological glitches on calls, connectivity issues, and team members’ different expectations about comfort and use of technology.
To overcome the challenges of leading virtual teams while taking advantage of the opportunities, leaders must create the right conditions for virtual teamwork to succeed.
When leading remote and virtual teams, it’s important to use technology to communicate in real time and to train and develop your people. “Face-to-face” tools improve communication by including non-verbal cues.
Provide extra support, boundaries, and norms to overcome time zone differences. Teams spread across multiple time zones can easily burn out by working long hours to accommodate each other’s schedules.
Above all, acknowledge that equipping your people to handle stress, uncertainty, and setbacks results in more resilient team members who are prepared for future challenges — and a more resilient organization as a whole.
Your leaders must develop key skills for leading virtual teams:
Prepare your leaders for the unique demands of remote work by equipping them with virtual and remote team leadership skills. We can deliver our world-class, research-backed thinking and content about leading virtual teams to them — or you can.
We can equip your facilitators to deliver a workshop or internal training on leading remote and virtual teams either online or in person, whichever you prefer:
Or, we can incorporate leading virtual teams as part of a larger leadership development initiative for your organization:
Organizations who have partnered with us on leading virtual teams more effectively consistently tell us the same thing: their experience with CCL made a significant impact on their culture — and their bottom line.
But don’t just take our word for it — take theirs.
“I really enjoyed the energy and information delivered through this Leading Virtual Teams session. So much detail and guidance to continue to enhance myself and my team! Thank you!”
Virtual Session Attendee
“This entire session was excellent. It provided many good tips and helped to see a much bigger picture, which has been challenging over the past year while I have been focused on individual fires.”
Virtual Session Attendee
Our experts are here to help. Let’s have a conversation about leading remote and virtual teams at your organization and how our remote leadership content could help support your development initiatives.
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