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Common Challenges in Virtual Team Leadership

Three Mini Case Studies

Read the mini case studies and learn some ways to best handle the situation.

Mini Case Study 1: You are leading a team meeting.  You and several other members are in one main location and two other people are calling in from separate remote locations. The current topic of discussion is [...]

No Formal Team Leader? Step Up!

I was talking with a friend recently who was complaining that she was serving on a team that had no formal team leader identified. The vice president who pulled the team together did so based on the skills and experiences the team members have, but did not assign a team leader. He asked them to [...]

Problems with the Team Leader: A Mini Case Study – Part II

Read Part I for background information.

What should the project sponsor do to fix the issues the team is having with the team leader?

The project sponsor needs to intervene quickly to change this situation. First, prior to a meeting, he may want to review the background of the team leader. How much experience does [...]

Problems with the Team Leader: A Mini Case Study – Part I

The team has been complaining frequently about the team leader. The project sponsor finally got the group together to understand the concerns he has been hearing. Here is what he heard about the team leader. She…

Tells the team members how to do their tasks Provides information on a “need to know” only basis Must [...]

Problems on the Team: A Mini Case Study – Part II

I need to get control of our virtual team meetings!

Read Part I for background information.

What is going on?

Likely, the following are issues for this team:

Lack of meeting skills No meeting processes in place No team norms The team leader is not intervening and effectively facilitating meetings to follow agendas (additionally, agendas [...]