I am delighted to say that I have had an article published in ICCPM Connect, the quarterly journal of the International Centre for Complex Project Management. In the article, which you can find on pages 16-18 at this link. In the piece I discuss some of the attributes and skills needed to successfully lead a virtual team in a large and complex project environment.
In our modern businesses, projects are becoming increasingly large and complex, being executed in multiple centres concurrently. This complexity places an ever increasing demand on the leaders of the projects to maintain open and active communication channels between centres. Modern project leaders and project managers need to be empowered with the requisite skills to enable them to understand the challenges they face and to guide their teams to successful outcomes.
In my research and in my consulting experience, I see many companies who are still trying to lead their modern projects using outdated management techniques. Often these techniques were either developed during the last century, when projects were typically single centre endeavours, or are simply the way the organisation has stumbled on its approach. Sadly, this delivers average to poor results regardless of the scale of the project, but, as projects grow in both size and complexity, yet, with the right planning and support, these projects should be much better.