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Virtual Team Leadership Skills Essentials


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You may have led a virtual or hybrid team before the global pandemic, and felt that some things were missing….or likely you were thrust into leading your team this way due to the global pandemic. Either way, you probably have discovered that while some general team leadership principles still apply, virtual teamwork and virtual collaboration do require some distinct practices. How to build trust in virtual teams? How to motivate your team members? How to manage your team’s work flows with maximum productivity? How to provide for engaging as well as productive virtual meetings? And how to monitor and manage team performance? All of these dimensions are a little different in virtual teams. There is a lot of chatter on the web about tech and tools, but what are evidence-based practices towards effective virtual team leadership? This course will help you master this new dimension of your leadership!

What others are saying

“The course was a very special gift at this complex time: because of the very relevant reading materials/podcasts selected, because of the exchange with amazing participants, and because of the wisdom and facilitation skills of Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken and Ahmed Abdelhakim Hachelaf. They so ably framed the issues that we are all confronted with by working virtually, and proposed solutions that made a difference from the very first day. Deeply grateful for the depth of their experience which they so generously shared.”

—Sofia Sprechmann, Secretary General, CARE International


“I really valued the ‘Post-Pandemic Virtual Leadership Essentials‘ course because:

  • The set up of the course with a weekly short session on Friday is a great way to reflect on our daily practice as leaders in virtual contexts
  • Well selected reading/video/podcast material every week 
  • Tosca and Ahmed shared their knowledge and experience and facilitated the sessions very well, creating a safe environment for sharing by participants as well”

 —Monica Maassen, Oxfam


“The course enabled me to facilitate great discussions on our working environment post-pandemic, and also to better understand the conditions in which colleagues work in order to accomplish the work objectives”

—Illah Evans, HelpAge International

“A brilliant course on Post Pandemic Leadership Team Essentials. Tosca and Ahmed share a wealth of materials and facilitate insightful discussions about how to successfully lead in virtual and hybrid working environments”

—Alex Cole-Hamilton, independent consultant

About Tosca

Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken has worked on international development and civil society issues for 30 years, in international development practice (World Bank, United Nations, NGOs and think tanks), in academia and as independent consultant. Tosca supports senior social sector leaders with their needs for leadership development and organizational effectiveness solutions. She has facilitated f2f workshops on virtual team leadership for major global INGOs and has blogged about the topic here. Tosca has also hosted INGO leaders with a lot of experience in virtual team leadership as guest bloggers here and hereYou can learn more about Tosca here>>

About Ahmed

Ahmed is an Education & NGO ‘pracademic’ with 13 years of experience in development, research, training, monitoring & evaluation. Ahmed managed projects and teams across borders and designed and implemented numerous capacity building programs in human rights education, leadership & course design, offering him experiences ranging from top-ranked international institutions to conflict affected locations. Ahmed recently worked as a research coordinator at the International Institute for Islamic Thought, and as a contributor to the design and delivery of an Humentum e-course on Agile Leadership Behaviors.. This course was co-designed by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, USA. Ahmed  obtained his Master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School; he also has a Doctorate of Science from the University of Algiers II. He is a frequent presenter on civic and human rights education in the Middle East and North African region.  Ahmed contributes both course content and facilitation of the Virtual Team Leadership for Tomorrow e-course

How you will benefit

  • You will improve your understanding of what specific challenges to expect when leading a virtual team
  • You will walk away with specific and proven, evidence-based solutions and approaches. 
  • You will learn lots of virtual team management tactics, tips and tools. 
  • You will learn from your peers in the program – how they overcame team challenges 
  • You will learn how to retain your best team members by knowing how to motivate them
  • You will learn how to improve your personal resilience as a leader – more important than ever given what we all have gone through!. In other words, how to bounce forward and not just bounce back. 
  • Finally, the world will not return to ‘what was normal’ after COVID-19; your team members have different expectations now about working from home and expect some autonomy on these issues. Your organization is probably changing its ways of working big time for the long term. You will be able to exert strategic leadership by influencing how your team and your organization are building the new employee experience. 

Now as for your practical questions…

The course will have a six-week duration and you will be part of a cohort of peer leaders. Cohorts will have a limited size to provide for interactivity as well as personalized attention. Depending on what course tier you choose, you will benefit from:

  • Weekly narrated slide decks
  • Worksheets to apply what you have learned and to provide for reflection
  • Curated readings, podcast episodes and videos
  • Four group coaching calls and two ‘drop in’ hours with the coach for Q&A
  • Use of cases and scenarios to apply what you have learned
  • Instant chatting function for peer support and access to the coach
  • Personalized, in-depth coaching support (for those who purchase the highest course tier)

They will all be scheduled at the same time each week, starting from the week of September 6 through October 15, for easy scheduling (the exact time will be determined once the composition of each cohort is clear, so that we can take time zones of participants into account). 

You should expect the course to take 2-3 hours of your time each week at a minimum; of course, as with every learning investment, the more you make use of the learning resources, the more benefit you will gain.

Yes, we will use these calls to showcase and practice how virtual meetings need to be interactive in order to be effective and engaging. Moreover, we will engage in peer coaching so you will actively engage with your peers.

You will be encouraged to use worksheets and a learning journal to reflect on your application of lessons learned in your teams. You will also sometimes use case studies or scenarios to practice the skills you will have learned. Finally, all participants will be given an opportunity to host a section of a virtual meeting, based on the virtual facilitation practices you will have learned, as a form of practicum.

You can register and pay by credit card for the mini course via our Teachable platform.

 If you need to receive an invoice for your course payment, please email us at:

We understand that there may be circumstances in which you may need to cancel. In that case, we are happy to issue refunds (minus a $50 administration fee.) as long as you have notified us in writing at least five (5) business days before the course start date, Monday, September 6, 2021. This means Friday, August 27, 2021, is the last day to notify us of such a need to cancel. Please email us at in that case. Please note we will not be able to issue refunds past Fri August 27, 2021.

Choose a Pricing Option that Fits your Leadership Needs

Use coupon code VTLEB2023 during check out to receive an Early Bird Discount Offer on any tier.

To make use of special discounts when your organization wants to buy multiple course seats, please send a mail to


We offer three levels of participation:

Price includes VAT/sales tax, mandated by Teachable based on respective country policies.

Customized, One on One Coaching


Early bird discount and bulk seat discounts available until February 12, 2023.

Bulk (5 or more) seat price $769 per person
Bulk (10 or more) seat price $759 per person

All the Benefits of Plan 2 and 3 PLUS:

  • One on One Access to Coach during Individual Coaching Sessions (two sessions per course)
  • Priority Real-Time Access to Coach (text, email, video meetings, as needed; response within 2 business days) 
Access to Peer


Early bird discount and bulk seat discounts available until February 12, 2023.

Bulk (5 or more) seat price $459 per person
Bulk (10 or more) seat price $449 per person

All the benefits of Plan 3 PLUS:

  • Four Live Group Coaching Calls
  • Two ‘Drop In’ Meetings for Q&A during the Course
  • Slack Channel for Peer Learning and Chatting and further access to Coaches
  • Bonus monthly ‘Open Office Hours’ after the Course Ends, with access to Coaches

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Early bird discount and bulk seat discounts available until February 12, 2023.

Bulk (5 or more) seat price $379 per person
Bulk (10 or more) seat price $369 per person

  • Weekly Curated Readings
  • Weekly Narrated slides
  • Curated Podcast episodes
  • Curated Videos
  • Worksheets/Learning Journal

If you want to avoid being this type of boss….

—then consider joining our course!