Building and Leading Virtual Teams

Learn how to effectively maintain and lead successful high performing virtual teams and organizations.


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Course runs from 8 a.m. – noon. Registration fee includes course materials, campus parking, and catered breakfast.

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About the Course

In order to participate, become or remain a major player in today’s economy, companies have to be able to rely on effective leadership of technical and support teams whose members are scattered all across the world. Individuals who share responsibilities for common goals reside in geographically dispersed locations and have unique, distinctive requirements for leadership. Effective leaders need to quickly, confidently and competently diagnose potential problems and take deliberate actions to keep project team relationships, productivity and outcomes on track.


This course is designed for executives and managers tasked with building, maintaining and leading successful high performing virtual teams and organizations.

Take Away

During this intensive four hour course you will acquire practical strategies which will enable you to:

  • Highlight distinctive competencies of virtual leaders and team members
  • Identify team needs based on distance and need of team members
  • Discuss effective tools, techniques and technology designed specifically for virtual teams
  • Help you develop long distance management skills , utilize best practices for building and maintaining connections in a virtual environment
  • Familiarize you with techniques for creative problem solving, brainstorming and building trust in a virtual environment.
  • Help you apply your insights as a team leader to coach and motivate your team to achieve effective performance.
  • Articulate how time and culture affect remote team interactions
  • Assist you in developing a plan to implement personal leadership skills and build successful team performance in order to facilitate team longevity, productivity and goals.

Key Topics for this Course

  • A review of team dynamics
  • How leading remote teams differs from conventional teams
  • Selecting the right people, the virtual team profile
  • Essential keys to managing and leading change affecting remote teams
  • Key challenges in effective communication
  • Importance of shared understanding and trust
  • Role clarification, team charter, best practices
  • Technology protocols and 
meeting management
  • Matching technology to your meeting purpose
  • Actions to take before, during, and after a virtual team meeting
  • Building sustaining relationships and combating isolation
  • Overcoming cultural barriers and understanding the challenges faced by global teams
  • Achieving success by “virtual walk about
  • Practical techniques for managing individual performance
  • Maintaining a results-orientated, rather than an activity-orientated culture
  • Overcoming the barriers created by distance within the same
  • Facilitating skill sharing, mentoring and co-operation
  • Critical success factors in operating agreements

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*The Rady School of Management Center for Executive Development (CED) may change, postpone or cancel a class at any time.  We do not provide refunds for any fees related to travel, including but not limited to gas, bus fare, train tickets, airline tickets, etc.  Certificate requirements may also change. We will provide as much notice as possible should this occur.