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Leading Virtual and Disconnected Teams

Supporting those leading large teams or departments in providing connected leadership in a disconnected world.

Leading Virtual and Disconnected Teams (LVDT) is an online programme supporting those leading large teams or departments in providing connected leadership in a fragmented workplace.

The impact of the Covid pandemic has added to the complexity of true leadership. Campus closures, social lockdown and enforced working from home has brought about disruption, displacement and disconnection: the disruption of work patterns and activities, the displacement of teams and departments, and the disconnection of colleague relationships.

Leading Virtual and Disconnected Teams has been designed in response to these challenging times and has been developed to support colleagues to take stock of their team or departmental leadership and review their approach to influencing in a virtual world. You can find out more and read a testimonial from a previous delegate by downloading our information sheet below.

Now open for bookings

Three half-day online modules

Next cohort: 
Starts Thursday 4 November 2021

(Additional cohort starting on 2 March 2022 also open for bookings.)

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Cohort dates

There will be two cohorts of the Leading Virtual and Disconnected Teams programme running in 2021-22 with the first starting on 4 November 2021, see booking details. A second cohort will also start on 2 March 2022, see booking details.

Who is the programme for?

Leading Virtual and Disconnected Teams has been designed for those leading large teams or departments in higher education. The programme is ideal for colleagues who are a head of department, centre or service in either a professional or an academic role, or for those leading a large unit or cross-disciplinary/functional project team. 

The programme is also relevant for colleagues leading teaching or research teams as part of a wider academic role and those with thematic responsibilities.

"This was an engaging and aspirational course. I have come away wanting to put so many things into practice. It is the perfect tool for those who want to lead their team effectively through the challenges of  the global pandemic.”  Katie Jack,  Head of Services,  Spurgeon’s College

How is the programme delivered?

Leading Virtual and Disconnected Teams is delivered online in three half-day modules. Each module aims to help move you through rediscovering your own leadership and resilience through to reexpressing purpose and commitment.

Module One

Thursday, 4 November 2021
Rediscovering leadership in a new and changing world. (2nd cohort module date 2 March 2022).

Module Two

Thursday, 18 November 2021
Reconnecting teams in a new and changing world. (2nd cohort module date 16 March 2022).

Module Three

Thursday, 9 December 2021
Reexpressing purpose in a new and changing world. (2nd cohort module date 30 March 2022).

The programme is also supported by a dedicated Advance HE Connect Group, to share resources and facilitate collaborative discussions amongst participants between the modules. To enhance the impact of the modules and increase the emphasis on discussion-based, discovery learning, some materials will also be provided in advance of the modules for review and reflection.

You can find out more detailed information about the modules by downloading our information sheet below.

What are the programme outcomes?

Participants of Leading Virtual and Disconnected Teams will have had the opportunity to:

  • Engage with a balance of practical approaches and conceptual ideas in relation to virtual leadership
  • Reflect upon your identity and purpose as a leader and how you connect with both your teams and organisations in this fast-changing world
  • Explore the importance of congruence between values and actions for high impact leadership
  • Consider techniques for self-management and sustainable resilience
  • Discuss the challenges of influence and communication in a virtual world
  • Translate the core principles and practices of effective team leadership to more disconnected and disbursed work scenarios
  • Review the essentials for team engagement, relationships, trust and creating clarity around goals and expectations
  • Discuss the importance of focus, purpose, motivation and culture for collective commitment
  • Think creatively about how to take advantage of technology
  • Share experiences of leading in a more disconnected institutional landscape.
"It has made me reflect upon  my leadership style, skills and provided actionable techniques to  apply in my practice.  Simon Gibbon, Academy of  Learning & Teaching Development  Manager, Swansea University”
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