Chapter 7. Transformational Leadership Attributes for Virtual Team Leaders

David Braga

Virtual teams are an increasingly prevalent organizational form that promises to change the way business is conducted within and between organizations. The best employees, who can be located anywhere in the world, expect personal flexibility in a global workday that extends over twenty-four rather than the traditional eight hours. Virtual teams, characterized by horizontally structured and geographically distributed human resources, offer important challenges as well as opportunities for leaders.

Although the benefits of virtual teams have been documented, there has been an absence of an understanding of the leader's role and effectiveness in this type of environment. ...

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