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Virtual Leadership

The shift from traditional face-to-face leadership to the need for virtual leadership has been faster and more powerful than anyone could expect. Remote work is here to stay now that more and more companies – employers and employees – have had a chance to explore its positive aspects. 

When your team is working remotely 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 learn how to 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 and remote work possibilities for your organization.

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 – locally and globally
  • Building trust and nurturing harmony virtually
  • Intervention strategies for conflicts and low performance

"Virtual leadership is not about reinventing the (leadership) wheel but rather about shifting foci to practices and behaviors that better meet individual employees' needs - also those of leaders."

- Pia Lappalainen, Senior Advisor, Aalto EE; Lecturer, Aalto University School of Business, Department of Management Studies

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The Virtual Leadership program offers a combination of academic research and practical tools and examples for leading better in the virtual environment. Through the program, leaders can grow as virtual leaders and 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.

Be ready to lead in the digital age
Boost your leadership skills to lead in the era of change and transformation
Gain insight into academic research on successful virtual leadership
Get tools for creating trust and harmony among virtual teams
Share and interact with other virtual leaders


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 look at 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 course with a strong academic background. It includes exercises and opportunities for interaction and sharing among participants.

Learning and interaction during the program

The online training will be conducted via Zoom. The training is practical and teaching interactive. In addition to the faculty lectures, the participants will have many chances to share their views and experiences in breakout rooms and by reflecting with the whole team. Other potential interaction methods offered by Zoom will also be used. The participants are asked to prepare for the sessions with some pre-assignments.



Pia Lappalainen

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.

Niina Nurmi

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 is a seasoned trainer on the topic of virtual working and leadership.

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.

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.

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