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Leading the Virtual Workforce: How Great Leaders Transform Organizations in the 21st Century

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Leading the Virtual Workforce: How Great Leaders Transform Organizations in the 21st Century

Karen Sobel Lojeski

ISBN: 978-0-470-56189-8 October 2009 192 Pages

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LEADING THE VIRTUAL WORKFORCE

World markets are unsteady, unemployment is on the rise, housing foreclosures are up, asset values are down, and the political landscape is shifting. Under such tumultuous conditions, people often look to leaders to soothe battered nerves. But in today's rough and tumble environment, there are reportedly few leaders the average person relies upon.

Over 80 percent of Americans believe that we are in the midst of a major leadership crisis. And over 75 percent of executives from around the world are seriously concerned about whether businesses can develop good leaders for the future. And yet not one leadership book squarely addresses the issue of the changed workforce, the virtual workforce, and why old leadership models just don't work—until now.

Leading the Virtual Workforce builds off the ground-breaking concept of Virtual Distance introduced in Sobel Lojeski's seminal first book, Uniting the Virtual Workforce. And in never-before-published interviews, leaders from IBM, Merck, Western Union, Alcatel-Lucent, HP, AT&T, and more share detailed case studies about what's different about leadership today and how to become a great leader in the Digital Age. Leading the Virtual Workforce covers:

  • The most common myths about leadership for today's virtual workforce
  • Why old leadership models need to be reshaped for a new era
  • What great leaders do differently to thrive in the globally connected enterprise
  • A new leadership model custom-built for today's workforce realities
  • Advice from the greats for those looking to advance their leadership and management effectiveness for the virtual workforce

The virtual workforce is a relatively new phenomenon. The Virtual Distance Model provides the quantitative data and predictive power needed to understand how new behaviors, born out of the Digital Age, impact performance, innovation, and other critical success factors. And now the time has come to reshape leadership models to best serve worldwide organizations in the twenty-first century. Leading the Virtual Workforce does just that—paving the way for future leaders to create unmatched competitive advantage and performance improvements in the growing world of virtual work.

Microsoft Executive Leadership Series: Series Foreword ix

Preface xi

About the Interviewees xxi

Acknowledgments xxxiii

Chapter 1 A Whole New World 1

Chapter 2 A Brief History of Leadership 17

Chapter 3 Creating Context 33

Chapter 4 Cultivating Communities 49

Chapter 5 Co-Activating New Leaders 61

Chapter 6 Techno-Dexterity 77

Chapter 7 The Virtual Distance Leadership Model 93

Chapter 8 The Future of Leadership As We Know it 113

Chapter 9 A Different View of Leadership Altogether 123

Appendix A The Virtual Distance Model 141

Index 151