8.5 Virtual Team Leadership

Course Overview 

As our world continues to change rapidly, more teams than ever are being managed remotely. As a virtual team leader, extra effort is needed to get to know the individual personalities, understand them to connect with your team, and build a healthy team culture founded on trust, good communication and clear boundaries.  

Managing a team online means doing a few things differently than you would do if you were working together in a physical office space. Virtual leaders can’t check in with workers the same way in-office managers do, so they must put their trust in the workers’ capabilities, set clear expectations and goals, find effective patterns and channels for communication, and create a culture of accountability. 

During this course we will explore some of the key areas to pay attention to as a virtual team leader, if you want to get the best out of your team and retain the talent you have brought together.

Learning Objectives 

By the end of this course, you will understand the following: 

  • What we mean by virtual team leadership 
  • Why it is important to lead by example 
  • How to get to know and support your team remotely 
  • How to cultivate trust with your virtual team 
  • How to encourage and model healthy boundaries in a virtual team 

Study Guide

We know that different people like to learn in different ways. If you like to write notes as you work through a course, here’s a handy study guide (.PDF) for you, in printable or “fillable” form. Use the printable version if you would like to print out the study guide and write down your notes. Or, if you prefer to use a PDF reader you can take notes on your favorite handheld device using the “fillable” version.

Virtual Team Leadership Study Guide – Fillable.pdf

Virtual Team Leadership – Study Guide Plain.pdf