Do you have the skills to lead a virtual team? Most organizations worldwide were forced to shift from the physical office to the virtual workplace. This has exploded the demand for those who are prepared to lead virtual teams. This course is focused on the development of key skills needed in leading virtual teams to support the success of virtual organizations. Through multimedia and interactive exercises you will be introduced to concepts associated with leadership and team dynamics and how they can be more challenging in a virtual environment. Through this course, experienced professionals and entry-level candidates will begin to build knowledge in diverse areas such as characteristics of virtual teams, effective leadership styles for virtual teams, authentic leadership, virtual coaching, and challenges and best practices in each of these areas. This course serves as an effective foundation to build upon as you continue developing skills through professional development.
The concepts covered will include:
- Leading virtual teams
- Effective leadership styles for leading virtual teams
- Authentic leadership
- Leadership coaching
- Examine the characteristics of virtual teams
- Discuss leadership styles appropriate for leading virtual teams
- Explain the value of authentic leadership
- Describe virtual coaching
Dr. Melody Rawlings, Ed.D.
Dr. Melody Rawlings serves as lead faculty for the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership at Northcentral University. In addition to teaching graduate courses, she serves as chair on doctoral committees. Dr. Rawlings holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and an MS degree in Science & Technology. With over 20 years of teaching experience, she has taught in the U.S. and Europe in the areas of organizational leadership, virtual teamwork, eService, and ethics. A distinct area of expertise is eService, a way of volunteering to help others from anywhere in the world using a device with Internet connection. Through virtual networking, eService provides a way to serve by overcoming barriers such as schedule restraints, physical limitations, and geographic boundaries. Dr. Rawlings has published and presented on this topic both nationally and internationally.