Originally posted on Ashford University Forward Thinking, August 2018: https://www.ashford.edu/online-degrees/technology/6-tips-for-building-relevance-and-trust-in-virtual-teams
Technology continues to be the No. 1 driver of change, and rapid change is the norm in most organizations today. In response, organizations are fine tuning, and more leaders are overseeing teams that work across departments. As these adjustments and shifts continue, a virtual workplace, or at least a situation where some employees are working virtually part of the time, has emerged (Beach, 2018).
What is a Virtual Team
A virtual team is a “group of people who work independently with shared purpose across space, time, and organizational boundaries, using technology to communicate and collaborate.” (Mind Tools, n.d., para 6). Virtual teams allow organizations to bring together people with the best expertise, regardless of where they live which presents leaders with unique demands, dynamics, and challenges. To increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency, understanding the virtual team and virtual leadership is a must.
What You Need to Lead a Virtual Team
1. Use The Right Technology:
Ensure you have the right technology, and test it in advance. It is important your audio and visual features are working properly and that you can share your screen and allow others to share theirs.
2. Understand Your Purpose:
3. Build Trust:
4. Master Quality Communication Skills:
5. Apply Your Emotional Intelligence (EQ):
6. Embrace Diversity:
Authors: Bill Davis, CM, Dr. Mike Reilly