ASTD Research Presents-The Principles of Virtual Leadership: Steps to Leading Virtual Teams

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Karen Sobel-Lojeski, Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University and ---anonymized--- ---anonymized---, ---anonymized---, ---anonymized---

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This webcast is based on the ASTD research report, Virtual Leadership: Going the Distance Manage Your Teams. It will be presented by Karen Sobel-Lojeski, Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology and Society at Stonybrook University and Christina Mandzuk, Research Analyst at ASTD.  The purpose of the report is to examine how organizations are preparing their leaders to manage virtual staff or staff in other countries. This Study is based on the analysis of a survey of 505 leaders that sit in managerial position or higher, and represent 15 regions of operation along with a myriad of organizational sizes, industries and country headquarters. Only 20 percent of respondents indicated that their organization currently offers training specifically for virtual leaders. This webcast will review results of the report and also discuss first steps organizations can take in building the critical role of the virtual leader.


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Karen Sobel-Lojeski
Karen Sobel-Lojeski

Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University

Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski is a Professor in the Department of Technology and Society in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at Stony brook University. Karen is also the Founder of Virtual Distance International (VDI) and the Virtual Distance Institute, organizations that specialize in helping companies maximize productivity and innovation among the virtual workforce. After 18 years on Wall Street, Karen pursued a Ph.D. and discovered the new phenomenon of Virtual Distance, a measureable concept that predicts the success or failure of organizational outcomes. Karen is internationally recognized as the world's leading expert on virtual teams, leadership in the wired world and managing global organizations. She is the author of two books: "Uniting the Virtual Workforce: Transforming Leadership and Innovation in the Globally Integrated Enterprise" and "Leading the Virtual Workforce: How Great Leaders Transform Organizations in the 21st Century", showcasing executives from major corporations around the world. Karen's clients include large Fortune 500 companies, governments and non-profits. Karen's award-winning dissertation, "Virtual Distance: A New Model for the Study of Virtual Work" has launched a new field of academic studies into this area and Karen is now affiliated with many other renown universities including Wharton, Babson College, the Stockholm School of Economics and more. Karen is a highly sought-after public speaker, executive advisor and consultant on the topics of global leadership, innovation and distributed work.

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Christina Mandzuk is the research analyst for ASTD research services and served as an editor for this report. Christina can be contacted at cmandzuk@astd.org.


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