For Remote Leadership Success, Master These 4 Skill Areas

Corinna Hagen
6 min readSep 5, 2022

Since the Great Pause caused a dramatic shift in the way we work, businesses had to adapt quickly. Along with this shift, the expectations for leaders have changed. Cognizant remote leaders have become aware that leading virtual teams effectively requires more than video conferencing software and online collaboration tools. In my new book, Virtual Leadership Skills, I talk about the set of foundational leadership skills that are especially challenged in remote leadership.

Virtual work has its own dynamics. Most of the paradigms that originated in the classic office world do not work in the same way in a virtual environment. Moreso, traditional office rules can be counterproductive in remote work settings. The absence of key leadership skills becomes more evident in remote environments.

  1. What are the mission-critical leadership skills you will need in 2022 and beyond?
  2. How do you enable or groom these skills in your organization?
  3. How do you use this combination of critical skills to beat the Great Resignation and attract and retain talent?

Virtual Leadership Skills answers that question, but in this article, I want to share how I have grouped virtual leadership skills into four sets of skills remote leaders need to master.

What Changes in Remote Leadership?

Virtual and remote leadership skills are essential for any leader who wants to lead remote teams in today’s virtual, remote, and hybrid work environments. Key challenges of remote leadership include common shifts in traditional expectations for leaders, for example:

  1. Reliably achieving objectives from a distance
  2. Leveraging technology to enable employees to collaborate effectively
  3. Creating an inclusive environment where everyone contributes freely
  4. Setting expectations and providing clear directions
  5. Making decisions and enabling decision-making
  6. Fostering collaboration and culture and overcoming projected distance
  7. Retaining and attracting talent
  8. Developing talent & enabling re- and up-skilling to match new…



Corinna Hagen

Founder of, an executive communication firm. I write about leadership and business communication 1 x month in the “Leading Choices” newsletter.