Why DistanceLeader.com?If you want to be a better distance leader, then you are in the right place. You're not alone.
I know. I’ve been there.
Hi, I’m Dr. Christopher Wells, and I’m a distance leader. Throughout my work career, I have had employees and bosses that were very far away from me. When I turned to existing research to help me understand how I could be a better employee and a better leader, I realized that there was a problem.
Distance leadership was missing.
There are lots of articles and books on virtual teams, being a distance employee, and working from home or other locations of your choosing, but information for distance leaders? Almost nothing.
Many organizations begin distance work programs with the assumption that the existing leadership is prepared to be effective at leading virtually, too, and something about that just didn’t feel right to me. In fact, the idea that distance leaders might be different from face-to-face leaders intrigued me so much that I decided to formally study leadership competencies for my doctoral dissertation.
As I researched different leadership styles, virtual teaming approaches, communication styles, trust dynamics, and organizational design strategies, I had many conversations with leaders who expressed a great deal of pain as they tried to connect with their team members. Distance leaders, like their team members, felt isolated, disconnected, and unsure of team dynamics. Distance leaders told me about their struggles to communicate effectively, engage with their organization’s mission and vision, and duplicate the sense of belonging that was part of their face-to-face team experience.
If you are here reading this, can you relate to these feelings?
What I discovered as I studied distance leadership was that virtual leaders need tools and resources that will help them succeed as they lead others. Is there a difference between distance and face-to-face leaders? My research, and my experience, tell me that distance leaders need different skills and competencies to be successful.
This site is all about the tips, tricks, resources, and tools that you can use to be a better distance leader. Click on some of the links in the sidebar or in the menu to learn more.