Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)




This study was designed to compare leaders and their employees to determine characteristics needed to successfully succeed in a virtual work environment and to compare and contrast expectations of characteristics needed in a traditional versus a virtual office environment. These characteristics were compared with Stephen Covey's Principled Centered Leadership Model to determine if deviation in the virtual office will imply a need to change his leadership model.

Although there are differences in traditional office environments versus virtual work environment, Covey's Principled Centered Leadership Model still essentially holds true. The leadership characteristics that will apply in a virtual office environment are service oriented, believing in other people, seeing life as an adventure and being synergistic. However, trust and independence ranked high as a new characteristic that Covey's model did not cover and could produce an anomaly and a paradigm shift. A virtual leader must position their selves to be trustworthy and provide a structure that allows the team to accomplish goals, working together as a team, while working separately.


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