The shift from traditional face-to-face leadership to the need of virtual leadership has been faster and more powerful than anyone could expect. Remote work is here to stay, as more and more companies – employers and employees – have had a chance to explore the positive aspects of it.
When your team is working remotely, and from a distance, your leadership needs to adapt. The key is always proper people management, whether through traditional or virtual leadership. The elements to consider are just a little different. How do you, as a leader, create confidence and influence to successfully lead your team virtually? Do you need inspiration and examples of how to make your team perform when communication is mostly virtual?
The more productive you, as a leader, are at leading virtual teams, the more you can take advantage of the benefits of virtual teams to your organization and remote work possibilities.
The Virtual Leadership program approaches the topical theme of leadership with a practical touch based on academic research. It is designed for leaders who are leading their teams from a distance, now and in the future. The program offers the big picture of current trends in leadership, focusing on virtual leadership and its success.
In the program, you can take a more in-depth look into:
- Leadership in the digital age
- Virtual leadership as a service role
- Leading virtual teams, also global
- Building trust and nurturing harmony virtually
- Intervention strategies for conflicts and low performance
Virtual Leadership program offers a combination of academic research and practical tools and examples to better lead in the virtual environment. Through the program, leaders can grow as virtual leaders, find their own and team strengths on which to build excellent team performance. By participating in the program, you can ensure that your team has the best grounds for successful work, and you have the best tools to lead.
The program is designed for all the leaders whose teams are occasionally or continuously working from a distance, whether due to remote work opportunities or being geographically at a distance.
The Virtual Leadership program takes a broad scope in today’s leadership. It focuses mainly on the challenges of a leader in terms of building a coherent team and a trustworthy environment when the teams are not physically together.
Contents and Schedule
The program is a practical online training with strong academic background. It includes exercises and opportunities for interaction and sharing among participants.
Dr., Docent Pia Lappalainen is specialized in performance management and productivity, managerial communication, conflict resolution and management, and workplace well-being. She is also an experienced management coach and facilitator and a professional conflict mediator of workplace disputes.
Lappalainen is a Doctor of Science (Technology) and Master of Arts (English, Communications, and Pedagogics). Currently, she is a Senior Advisor at Aalto EE, a Lecturer at Aalto University, and a Docent of Workplace Conflict and Performance Management at Finnish National Defense University. She has a background in ICT, construction, and oil industries in leadership development, communication, and training tasks.
Professor Niina Nurmi is a seasoned trainer on the topic of virtual working and leadership. She has researched virtual work and leading virtual teams for over 15 years. Her research addresses work design and management of global virtual collaborations: Situations in which knowledge workers are at a distance from other team members and must rely on communication technology to facilitate their interaction across distance, language, and cultures.
Currently Niina Nurmi is a Professor in International Design Business Management and the Director of IDBM Master's program at Aalto University School of Business. Nurmi's academic background is in Adult Education and Organizational Psychology. She is trained as an ethnographer at Stanford University, Center for Work, Technology, and Organization at the Department of Management Science and Engineering, where she worked for four years as a visiting scholar and postdoctoral researcher. Before entering academia, Niina worked as an HR Manager.