Virtual Leadership: Practical Strategies for Getting the Best Out of Virtual Work and Virtual Teams
First published by Kogan Page in 2016, this book is based on Penny Pullan’s experience of virtual leadership since 2001, in multinational companies and as a consultant.
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‘Virtual Leadership’ is relevant in today’s world and is a must read for all leaders who are virtual or who have virtual team members.
I gained great value from this excellent book on Virtual Leadership. The strong use of structure in each chapter with its opening summary, a mind map to lay out the contents, reflective questions to challenge you to really understand the material, and a thorough set of references, made it very easy to absorb the comprehensive content. Best of all for me was that the advice and knowledge were all practical and actionable and the clearly been written by somebody who had extensive experience of managing teams virtually. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is struggling to get the best from fragmented teams.
The future of work is virtual, with dispersed teams, telecommuting, remote working and virtual meetings becoming the norm in many sectors and industries around the world, especially since the COVID pandemic. At its best, virtual working can be productive and creative, tapping into the best people wherever they are and bringing skills and experience together efficiently and at low cost. But it can also lead to isolated and disengaged workers, ineffective communication and uncoordinated and even counterproductive activity. Virtual Leadership discusses how getting the best out of virtual work and virtual teams in our fast-paced world requires a new set of skills and a facilitative leadership approach.
This book provides answers to practical questions such as:
- How can we build a shared vision, motivate others and provide leadership remotely?
- How can we collaborate more effectively when we can’t be together?
- How can our virtual meetings be more effective, engaging and productive, and lead to actions that are followed through?
- How can we engage with others across distance, cultures and languages, whether they are part of the team or an ad-hoc virtual group?
- How do we stop virtual team members silently checking out, distracted by local challenges and offline issues?
With diverse case studies and examples, this is the essential guide to making a difference through virtual work.