A virtual team refers to a group comprising of members located indifferent parts of the world or in the same geographical region andthey communicate and interact through electronic/social mediaplatforms (Sembdner,2011). Face-to-face conversations between the membersare usually rare.In order to ensure the effectiveness of a virtueteam several factors have to be put in place to guarantee itssuccess. In order to ensure effectiveness of a virtue team, severalfactors have to be in place to guarantee its success ultimately. Avirtual team has to lead by a mutual goal and every team membershould share responsibility in any given task (Lepsinger,2010). Members of the virtual team should share thesame interest notwithstanding their cultural and geographicalboundaries.
The leadership of the virtual team plays a significant role in thegeneral success of a virtual team. He or she has to be a coach and amanager of the team. Managers can achieve this by motivating,evaluating, guiding and monitoring. Team members are also very vitalfor the success of a virtual team (Duarte,2011). They must possess firm and vital competenciesthat include excellent language and communication skills,self-control and discipline. Technical, social, and networking skillsare also essential.
Trust among the members of the virtual team is essential in effectivefunction-ability of the group. Despite the distance and other factorspreventing the members to have face-to-face meetings, the membersought to trust each other because this will create a common groundteam culture that surpasses the individual values (Lepsinger& DeRosa, 2010). To help improve trust and rapport,the virtual team leaders should solely focus on relationshipbuilding, superb communication skills and have emotionalintelligence. Managers should ensure members benefit from their inputon the virtual team.
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