Several factors have led to the emergence of a new form of team working. As Virtual Private Networks, Wi-Fi, and low-cost communication methods such as instant messaging and video chat become more reliable and commonplace, home-working and teleworking become an option for many teams. This option has provided organizations with numerous economic alternatives to the traditional face-to-face team structure. Overall, virtual teams are very similar to traditional teams. However, communication and team building occur more naturally in face-to-face teams. Because of this, leaders of virtual teams should take deliberate actions to build in activities and practices that are vital to team success. This two-part, six-hour program will help equip leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead virtual teams to new levels of effectiveness.
�Create a virtual team environment based on relationships and camaraderie. �Establish clear team expectations based on mutual trust and respect. �Communicate effectively and use technology that fits the situation. �Identify ways to foster an environment of virtual teamwork, group effort, and cooperation.
Primary Competency Categories: � Adaptability � Teamwork � Communication Related Competency Categories: � Leadership � Influence � Management Controls