Chapter 10

Transitioning from Old-School Manager to Virtual Team Leader


check Evaluating your leadership style

check Working within cultural boundaries

check Circumventing common virtual team issues

When leading a virtual team, using an old-school style of management isn’t only out, it’s outlandish to even think it could work.

If you try to use an old-school style of management with your virtual team, you’ll be completely out of your depths in the new world reality of virtual team leadership. The ways of old-school management — which some business schools are still teaching — become a liability on a virtual team where adaptability, emotional intelligence, and a collaborative mindset are required.

More than likely you know what old-school management looks and feels like and feels. It’s top-down, command and control. It’s close-minded and bullying. It always knows best, never asks your opinion, and it fears change. It doesn’t value diversity of people or ideas. It makes you feel like you just stepped into an episode of Mad Men, but no one offered you a scotch. If you use an old-school style of management, you’ll likely fail miserably as a virtual team leader.

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