Evi Prokopi, the Managing Director of Skema Projects, is a Business & Life Coach and a Neurolinguist and is well-known for her virtual leadership work. In 2016, she met Dr Penny Pullan when they collaborated and talked in a 3-hour workshop at the Global Project Management Institute Congress, in Spain. They talked about virtual leadership strategies and best practices and Penny featured Evi's story in her book.
A few words about the book, as seen on Kogan Page
'The future of work is virtual, with dispersed teams, telecommuting, remote working and virtual meetings becoming the norm in many sectors and industries around the world. At its best, virtual working can be productive and creative, tapping into the best people wherever they are and bringing skills and experience together efficiently and at low cost. But it can also lead to isolated and disengaged workers, ineffective communication, and uncoordinated and even counter-productive activity. Virtual Leadership discusses how leading a virtual team in our fast-paced world requires a new set of skills and a facilitative leadership approach.'
Are you wondering what is virtual leadership?
A virtual leader supervises and leads virtual teams, that is remote teams spread around a country or even the entire world. These teams rarely or never meet face-to-face. Nowadays, thanks to a few factors, such as the Internet, globalization and outsourcing, the number of virtual teams has grown and it is easier than ever before to collaborate remotely, if the virtual leader is trained appropriately. As with in-house teams, the right management of virtual teams is of paramount importance because we ultimately want to increase our teams' efficiency and productivity. However with time zone constraints, lack of face-to-face meeting, and cultural differences, this can be challenging. Of course, there is a solution for everything!
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