Very specific leadership qualities are required to do a great job of managing virtual teams and projects. But the right tools are at the heart of making a good leader great. Managing tasks, meetings and project milestones in the executive search sector is tough when your workforce is distributed, but having the confidence to let teams use systems to give you the visibility you need of a global team requires confidence in the system and your leadership skills.
Virtual leadership is a true balancing act. Leaders must be able to work in a self-directed manner while also communicating and collaborating well with others. They need to be highly organized, yet flexible enough to tolerate ambiguity. Leaders should also ensure that their virtual team members have the skills necessary to effectively collaborate from a distance.