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Shrinking the Distance for Virtual Teams to Succeed

Shrinking the Distance for Virtual Teams to Succeed


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Year published:2020

As technology increases opportunities for working with virtual teams across states, time zones and the world, it becomes more and more crucial for leaders to know how to shrink the distance and empower their staff to succeed. The Center for Creative Leadership’s white paper on the State of Teams says that 65% of people reported being on geographically dispersed teams, a number that continues to grow.
There are many advantages to teaming with people in different locations, including having the right people for the team, despite their location. While it allows greater collaboration with the right people, working with people who are geographically dispersed has many challenges. Communication and collaboration, for example, are major issues that exist on many virtual teams. Traditional leadership competencies such as communication, relationship management, decision-making ability and emotional intelligence still apply when leading virtual teams.
The challenge is that the traditional application of these competencies does not always translate to success on virtual teams. For example, a leader who has success with the social awareness aspect of emotional intelligence in person may struggle with translating that skill to their virtual team. Another issue on virtual teams is conflict management. With dispersed teams, it can be more challenging for a leader to sniff out tensions and resolve the conflict quickly. While those conversations are never easy, we’ve been taught that these conversations are more effective in person. Is that still true when you’re leading dispersed teams?  
Buckingham Stephanie
Presenter: Stephanie Buckingham
Stephanie Buckingham is part of Freese and Nichols’ HR team, focusing on Organizational Development. She is responsible for designing and delivering training for Freese and Nichols employees, clients and community members in the areas where they serve. Her training focuses on Communication, Accountability, Personality Styles, Emotional Intelligence, and Ethics. Stephanie is a certified Crucial Conversations and Crucial Accountability trainer. She also serves on the Association for Talent Development’s Program Advisory Council for its annual conference. 
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