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Continuing Studies

Leading at a Distance: Managing Virtual Staff and Teams

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This class is one full day and one-half day offered in a participatory live online format.

This class is open to anyone interested in the topic. It is also a required part of the Mid-Level Management Certificate.

Increasingly, we're seeing more organizations with employees who work from home, live in other states and often live in other countries. Learn to "lead from a distance" by understanding the challenges and best practices for working with individuals and virtual teams who are not physically in your office. Learn how to build trust, navigate conflict, make decisions and conduct engaging meetings with virtual staff and teams.

This program is a mix of two live online sessions using the Zoom platform and some self-directed learning in Canvas. The self-directed learning exercises will be available in Canvas one week before the live session and should be completed before that date.


Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the differences between virtual and onsite teams, including the impacts of time, distance, technology and culture.
  • Apply the Long-Distance Leadership Model™ to prepare and lead their virtual teams.
  • Identify key competencies of high-performing virtual team leaders and members.
  • Employ best practices to develop and maintain trust among team members and reduce conflicts.
  • Manage virtual team meetings to engage members and make decisions.

Overview: Extra Information

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Division of Continuing Studies is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 9
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units .9

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Katie Holt at katie.holt@wisc.edu

Registration Questions?

Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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Meet your instructor

Lee S. Johnsen


(MA, Truman State Univ., CPT, CPLP, SPHR) is a respected leader, author, and facilitator in the fields of virtual team management, leadership development and performance improvement. With a background in national and international business and counseling, Lee brings his unique expertise to helping leaders with issues of strategic planning, employee engagement and professional development.

What Attendees Are Saying

Leading at a Distance: Managing Virtual Staff and Teams provides a well-delivered course to help managers take a reflective step back and consider how they, their team members, and their project(s) are doing, and next steps for feeling more confident in managing well.
Marite Hagman, University of Wisconsin
I appreciated Lee's sincere commitment to assisting and supporting teams. His model is well articulated and useful.
Overall the models and systematic way of evaluating teams and breaking things down was great!