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Week 8 HW - GZ

Geoffrey Zeigler
BUSA 3910
Week 8 Homework
The path-goal approach can be used in a virtual team by using, instrumental, supportive,
participative and achievement leadership styles within the organization. A leader can assess
characteristics of subordinates by observing and analyzing factors such as, behavior, focus,
control, and attitudes. Leaders can assess task characteristics by judging the importance level,
benefits, relationship of tasks and goals and many more. A leader can better learn about any over
looming obstacles by communicating with subordinates individually, assessing risks, and
ensuring accessibility of the task at hand.
In virtual teams where coordinating work and communication is challenging, members
can experience confusion about their roles and means to accomplish their tasks. Therefore,
leaders should clarify each member's responsibility by sending out individual emails and
providing guidance that is relevant to each member's situation at hand. Personalized task advice
and guidance not only guides individual’s completion of their tasks but also enhances members
respect for their leader’s professional knowledge and skills (Liao, 2017).
Leaders' should focus on assessing task-oriented behaviors directed at individuals to
enhance members' motivation to exert greater efforts in work-oriented activities (Liao, 2017).
Leaders in virtual teams may virtually chat, direct message, or talk on the phone with fellow
subordinates to better understand everyone’s individual needs. Depending on the workspace
environment, leaders can assist members in setting personal goals and identifying processes and
procedures in order to efficiently coordinate tasks.
Works Cited:
Liao, Chenwei. (2017). Leadership in virtual teams: A multilevel perspective. Human Resource
Management Review. 27. 10.1016/j.hrmr.2016.12.010.