Leading Virtual Teams Through Disruption

Darden School of Business

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  • 4 weeks
  • online

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Darden School of Business

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Who should attend

  • Executives and leaders responsible for managing change or organization-wide performance.
  • Mid-to-senior level project, unit or division managers.
  • Any manager or leader who leads a remote team.

About the course

Whether your organization is adapting to a new virtual work environment, or has remote teams collaborating around the world, the need has never been greater for leaders who can effectively engage with their teams and bring out the best in their people from a distance. In this new virtual program, you’ll learn how to leverage technology to develop the behaviors required in your team to pivot to address dynamic market demands, effect meaningful change across stakeholder groups, and develop new ways to connect virtually to build camaraderie and trust.

Led by Professor Lynn Isabella, an expert in leadership, coaching, and team engagement, Leading Virtual Teams Through Disruption will explore the emotional and productivity challenges of working virtually, how you can increase team resilience during challenging times, how to manage differences and conflict, and how you can use technology to your advantage to help your team stay connected and informed, so that everyone still feels they are a valued contributor to the team and organization. You’ll have an opportunity to put your insights into practice while interacting virtually with your cohort and with your own team, getting real-time feedback on your challenges and progress.

Topics include:

  • Fostering high-performance virtual teams
  • Effective communication and collaboration
  • Exploring differences and managing conflict
  • Addressing emotional and social needs
  • Benefits and challenges of technology in team productivity

This program features 2-3 live virtual sessions per week, with additional online work and exercises.

Impact & Outcomes

  • Foster a positive virtual environment to encourage engagement
  • Leverage technology to improve flow of communication and increase efficiency
  • Understand cultural and ideological differences between team members and how to ensure everyone has a voice
  • Understand the emotional state of your team and address concerns with care and authenticity
  • Create opportunities to socialize outside of work-related conversations, building rapport and trust

Experts

June West

Education: B.S. Ed., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville; MEd, Kent State University; Ed.D., Lehigh University Assistant Professor June West teaches First-Year Management Communication in the MBA program at Darden and Second-Year electives in special topics in organizational communication. ...

Sean Martin

Sean Martin is an associate professor at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. His research addresses how organizational and societal contexts affect the leader-follower dynamic. His research appears in top academic journals including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Manage...

Lalin Anik

Education: B.A., Brandeis University; DBA, Harvard Business School Lalin Anik's research and teaching focus on the impact of social connection on consumer behavior and consumer welfare. Her research in marketing and behavioral economics explores the multifaceted influence of social connection - ...

Lynn Isabella

Education: B.S., Tufts University ; Ed.M., Harvard University; MBA, D.B.A., Boston University Associate Professor Isabella teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership and change, and team interaction at the University of Virginia Darden School''s MBA, Global Executive MBA, MBA for Exe...

Laura Morgan Roberts

Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts is a Teaching Professor of Management at the McDonough School of Business. She has served on the faculties of Harvard Business School and Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change. She has also taught courses in organizational behavior, psychology, neg...

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