Leading Virtually

(A virtual course – space is limited)

Who it’s for

Supervisors, Frontline Managers, Mid-level Managers, and Senior Managers who are leading people virtually.

Why this course

Logo: The Leadership Green Room, offering professional development, leadership development and soft skills training, is presented by Republic Bank Foundation

Leading VirtuallyTM helps managers with remote staff learn a skillset to stay connected and increase the effectiveness and productivity of their people.

Managing in this environment is tricky. It can be hard to understand what’s really going on, given less access to non- verbal cues and body language. It can be harder to build rapport and trust over long distances.

Employees working remotely also have many new challenges to adapt to. It’s harder to understand goals as tasks evolve given more separation with their leader. Working for hours or days with less human interaction is isolating, damaging morale and reducing connection to colleagues. And there’s a host of new technologies and techniques to master in order to communicate and collaborate well.

Learning Outcomes

John Hester, now Senior Consultant with The Ken Blanchard Companies, facilitates this course he developed based on almost 20 years helping managers lead virtually. This program focuses on three key practices proven to boost manager effectiveness in a virtual environment:

  • Be Present and Mindful – Teaches leaders to communicate intentionally with remote team members, to structure conversations for maximum impact, and to honor each other’s work preferences.
  • Foster Community – Helps managers build trusting and supportive relationships that stay positive and involve all their people, using the technology available.
  • Accelerate Performance and Development – Teaches leaders how to build the resourcefulness and autonomy of staff members, and to help them move forward in their career.

Virtual sessions

Leading VirtuallyTM is a virtual instructor-led course that unfolds in three two-hour sessions over two days. The sessions offer learners a highly engaging experience that includes instruction, responses, reflection, group activities, and opportunities to practice new skills in a safe setting. The program also offers learners a chance to share stories and best practices in their transition to managing others virtually.


October 12-13, 2020 | Three two-hour virtual sessions ($695)

Leadership Louisville Center members receive $75 off – contact us for the discount code.
Become a Green Room package holder and receive discounts of up to 20%.


John HesterJohn Hester, a Senior Consulting Partner for The Ken Blanchard Companies®, uses an engaging facilitation style to create an effective and positive experience for participants from all levels of the organization. His focus is on the practical application of the various tools, skills, and models in both individual and organization settings. John’s mission is to contribute to the growth and development of others through teaching, writing, and serving.

Prior to coming to The Ken Blanchard Companies, John was a director of learning and development for Nike, where he successfully implemented Situational Leadership II® and Situational Self Leadership. Over the course of his career, John has served in numerous senior leadership roles, mostly in the IT field.


“John was great! He didn’t just ‘talk’ to our class, he engaged us. He used a wonderful combination of class participation, multimedia, and instruction.”
—multinational corporation

“John was very professional and organized. He used a good combination of teaching methods that made the training both interactive and beneficial while keeping everyone engaged and excited to apply the learning.”
—automotive manufacturer

Contact us

Need more information? Contact Zuri Johnson, Leadership Development Manager or call (502) 561-0458.