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Lojeski's Virtual Distance Leadership Model

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Write a 1,250-1,500-word paper that addresses the structure of organizations with a focus on virtual distance.

1. Explain how leaders can use structure to shape the culture, ethical values, and build trust in co-located and in virtual organizations
2. Describe the forces that drive the need for strategic organizational change and the leader's role in implementing culture, strategy, and structural change
3. Describe Lojeski's Virtual Distance Leadership Model.
4. Analyze how virtual leadership has changed the landscape of organizational structure and the leader's role.

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Co-located and virtual organizations face many challenges in meeting objectives and supporting

their missions. It takes careful strategic planning, effective communication between all members, and a

corporate culture that embraces the virtual workplace. Lojeski (2009) believes that in order for virtual

leaders to be effective, they must consider the changes or differences in virtual workplaces, from more

traditional brick and mortar workplaces. At the same time, virtual workers will need many of the same

skills and will be expected to perform similar tasks, even if the approach in how the task is completed is

different. Because the virtual workforce is still emerging and developing, there are many unknowns.

However, organizations utilizing virtual workforces partially or completely can become responsive to

changing competitive environments and industry-wide developments.

Structuring the Virtual Workforce

In many instances, leaders of virtual distance organizations must learn new forms of management

and leadership skills. At the same time, they must consider the corporate structure and how the

organization's structure will support effective and successful virtual work environments that, in turn,

support the organization's mission. Leaders who can see beyond micromanagement and can develop a

sense of trust and cooperation among virtual workforces will be able to employ new business strategies or

develop new products or services more rapidly, to help their organizations become trendsetters and

industry leaders. At the same time, virtual workers who ...

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The expert examines Lejeski's virtual distance leadership models.