How do you lead employees well when you don’t physically work with them?
In Virtual Leadership, Bart Banfield simplifies the complexities of working and leading in a twenty-first-century remote work environment. Through these pages, you will learn:
– How to influence those you lead in a virtual work environment
– Why change within the workplace is inevitable
– The benefits of health and wellness in the virtual work environment
– How to create a culture of coaching within your organization
– Why self-awareness matters and makes you a better virtual leader
The world’s workforce is changing rapidly, and businesses must evolve or risk getting passed by. Virtual Leadership will show you concrete principles of effective leadership for the twenty-first centur
Your life is about to change. Embedded within this book are ideas and lessons that have been passed
down from one generation to the next for centuries. My only goal behind writing this book is to take
the principles I have acquired, couple them with the experience and lessons I have learned in over 20
years of working in a variety of leadership positions, and merely pay it forward.
These leadership principles have been tested over time and have proven to be the necessary
ingredients to create success. If you choose to apply them in your life, you will achieve more peace
and prosperity than you ever thought possible. Your results will be contingent on the effort you put
into applying these lessons.
Success comes in many colors, but make no mistake, it all comes from behind the same door. The
problem for you and millions of others like you is that the door is currently locked. The door requires
a key to unlock everything you want in life. Not any key will do. The key must be the right size and
shape, and it must be turned in the proper sequence to unlock the door of success. Along with the
key is a willingness to open your mind to the belief that if you want something bad enough and are
willing to follow in the footsteps of others who have traveled this path and achieved similar results,
you can have it.
I know because I have the key, and I have unlocked the door. I am no different than you. The son
of a public-school educator with modest means, I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I
began my climb over 20 years ago and have successfully reached the summit of my profession. My
goal is to help you achieve the summit too.
I have studied leadership throughout my life and have read hundreds of books, allowing me to
become an authority on the topic. Most of the leadership principles in this book are not mine. This
book is full of quotes and leadership principles from authors who have been influential in my life. The
principles embedded within this book have come from those who walked this trail before me and
have been kind enough to pay it forward so a small-town Oklahoma kid from humble beginnings could
achieve his dreams. I am grateful to those who came before me. My goal is to gather all the leadership
principles I have acquired into one book and simplify the complexity of the leadership gauntlet. I want
to encourage you to pay close attention to the sequence of the leadership principles. Learning can be
linear, and many of the concepts and methods build on one another.
Before we begin our journey together, I want you to know one thing. I believe in you. When you
practice these principles in a disciplined fashion, you will begin to see your life change in a positive
direction. Waiting at the completion of this book is the answer you desire. The blueprint of success in
your life is right behind this door. Turn the page and unlock your future.
Thank you, Bart Banfield and RABT Book Tours
About the author
Bart Banfield is the superintendent of EPIC Charter Schools, the largest public school in the state of Oklahoma, and one of the largest virtual schools in the United States. Since becoming Oklahoma’s youngest public school superintendent at the age of twenty-seven, Bart has been a pioneer, innovator, and leader in the virtual learning-work environment. Bart has been a public school educator for over twenty years and holds a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from East Central University. Bart has been happily married to his wife Jennifer for twenty-four years and they share three children (Bo, Jake, & Bryn) together.