The Long-Distance Leader

Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership

Kevin Eikenberry (Author) | Wayne Turmel (Author)

Publication date: 06/05/2018

The Long-Distance Leader
The Long-Distance Leader Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership You've always prided yourself on being a good leader you work hard at it. But now you have a direct report on the other side of the country and a key team on another continent. Can you really motivate, guide, and inspire people when you're just an image on a screen? You can, and Remote Leadership Institute cofounders Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel show you how. The good news is that the fundamentals of leadership remain the same. Eikenberry and Turmel's "Three-O" model as leaders we need to focus on Outcomes, Others, and Ourselves applies whether your people are halfway down the hall or half a world away, and their Remote Leadership Model demonstrates what is constant and how work has truly changed for leaders today. Relevant examples and exercises enable you to make sure projects stay on track, productivity and morale are high, and you're able to build powerful, lasting relationships with people who may be doing most of their work while you sleep. The authors help you maintain your sanity while practicing what has become, in a very real sense, 24/7 leadership. The emphasis here is far less on technology and much more on technique. The job of a leader has changed less than we think. But (and it is a pretty big but) how it's done needs to evolve to achieve the results that organizations demand, leaders need, and their team members deserve.

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The Long-Distance Leader Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership You've always prided yourself on being a good leader you work hard at it. But now you have a direct report on the other side of the country and a key team on another continent. Can you really motivate, guide, and inspire people when you're just an image on a screen? You can, and Remote Leadership Institute cofounders Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel show you how. The good news is that the fundamentals of leadership remain the same. Eikenberry and Turmel's "Three-O" model as leaders we need to focus on Outcomes, Others, and Ourselves applies whether your people are halfway down the hall or half a world away, and their Remote Leadership Model demonstrates what is constant and how work has truly changed for leaders today. Relevant examples and exercises enable you to make sure projects stay on track, productivity and morale are high, and you're able to build powerful, lasting relationships with people who may be doing most of their work while you sleep. The authors help you maintain your sanity while practicing what has become, in a very real sense, 24/7 leadership. The emphasis here is far less on technology and much more on technique. The job of a leader has changed less than we think. But (and it is a pretty big but) how it's done needs to evolve to achieve the results that organizations demand, leaders need, and their team members deserve.

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Meet the Authors


Visit Author Page - Kevin Eikenberry

Kevin Eikenberry is the founder and Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group, a leadership and learning consulting company established in 1993. He is co-founder of The Remote Leadership Institute. He has been named to five exclusive lists: Inc.com's Top 100 Leadership and Management Experts in the World and 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference, American Management Association's Leaders to Watch and Top Sales World's Top Sales & Marketing Influencers, as well as the Best 50 Leadership Blog Sites from Ready to Manage. He is the author of several books, including Remarkable Leadership.



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Wayne Turmel formed GreatWebMeetings.com in 2008i; in 2016, he merged his company with The Kevin Eikenberry Group, to create the Remote Leadership Institute where he serves as co-founder and Product Manager. His best-known titles include ASTD's 10 Steps to Successful Virtual Presentations and Meet Like You Mean It- a Leader's Guide to Painless and Productive Virtual Meetings.

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“Wayne and Kevin's book offers the reader a solid foundation in leadership in any circumstance and layers it with virtual leadership or leadership at a distance. It is full of nuance and nudges that will help you navigate through the labyrinths of leading at a distance. I especially appreciated the snippets where Wayne and Kevin reveal their ways of working together; this added a very real and personal touch. I encourage you to purchase the book, study the rules, reflect on their questions, put the book into practice, and become a leader who can ‘go the distance.'”
—David Zinger, founder and host of the Employee Engagement Network

“Great book. Spot-on timewise. Moving from ‘managing' people to ‘leading' people has never been more relevant when overnight everything we do as a business could change. A manager manages people; a leader employs great people and trusts them to achieve amazing results.”
—Ann Andrews, CSP, author of Lessons in Leadership

“Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel have teamed up to produce the single best guide on remote leadership on the market today. Based on research with real-life practicing managers,
The Long-Distance Leader offers nineteen rules that guide remote leaders through the most pressing challenges they face—everything from the best use of technology, to effective long-distance coaching, to achieving goals, to building trust at a distance. And even if you aren't a long-distance leader, at least not yet, you will definitely want to have this book handy. As the authors rightfully acknowledge and our research supports, you have to ‘think leadership first, location second.' The engaging stories, the practical wisdom, and the reflection and action questions will help you improve your leadership wherever you and your followers are.”
—Jim Kouzes, coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge and Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

“When I discuss what a leader is with midlevel managers, this book will be on the reference list for them. They can assess themselves on the leadership skills ladder, establish goals, and work directly with their managers and mentors. I particularly like the ‘check-in' section . . . I find my development participants increase their impact and performance with the knowledge they have a voice and are thought about, even though their leaders might physically see them only once a year . . . A practical approach to the journey of success as a remote leader . . . We should all consider what skill we are going to focus on today.”
—Alicia Davis, Director, Global Finance Learning and Development, Dell Inc.

“Leadership isn't easy. Working remotely adds a new dynamic. The practical tips in this book give readers the edge they need to be successful leading remote teams. Many teams struggle with communication; add the component that you have remote employees and it gets more difficult. The tools in this book give you what you need to be a better leader, as well as the competitive advantage to get the most out of your remote teams.”
—Marcie Van Note, MBA Director, Mount Mercy University

“Finally, a superb leadership book with a purpose: dealing with the challenges of long-distance leadership. A must-read for leaders of all organizations dealing with the increasing demand for and challenge of long-distance leadership. As global economies force more and more organizations to deal with this leadership challenge, this book provides a well-thought-out and practical guide you will want all your leaders to inculcate.”
—Major General David Ralston (US Army, Retired)

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