The Virtual Leader: Developing Skills to Lead and Manage Distributed Teams

The Virtual Leader: Developing Skills to Lead and Manage Distributed Teams

Andrew Seely (University of Tampa, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9688-4.ch004
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Abstract

This chapter offers a working definition of the concepts of virtual, management, leadership, and team, and proposes pragmatic tools and solutions to management and leadership challenges in virtual, distributed team situations. Practical experiences are surveyed, including scenarios of remote team, remote team member, distributed learning, and traveling manager. Descriptions of tools and techniques are offered, along with a set of guiding concepts and principles to apply to any virtual leadership situation.
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Background And Literature Review

The literature regarding virtual technical teams is vast, spanning disciplines of Information Systems, Human Resources, Psychology, Project Management, Business, and Management. This brief literature review includes recent works that specifically impact and support the development of tools for developing leadership in a virtual team environment.

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