Top 10 tips for leading virtual teams from scholars that have been studying the field for many years

For the past 15 years, M. Travis Maynard, a professor in Colorado State University’s College of Business, has been studying virtual teams, examining how they work, what makes them successful, and places where they struggle. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought that research to the forefront as workplaces move from brick-and-mortar working environments to online virtual spaces.

“Almost everyone we know now works in a virtual team,” said Maynard, who serves as the chair of the Department of Management. “However, what makes this situation different from most of the research on the topic is that most people who now find themselves working in virtual teams have been working with their teammates for months or even years, but in more traditional, face-to-face working arrangements.”