Remote Leadership

REMOTE LEADERSHIP provides targeted and timely information to accelerate success for leaders and their teams in the expanding hybrid workplace. Hosted by Debra A. Dinnocenzo, author, speaker, and leading expert on the virtual workplace for over 20 years. You will hear the best keys to success for the ‘next normal’ as the workplace continues evolving to work-from-anywhere.

Wendy Lee and Debra Dinnocenzo discuss the busy pace of work for leaders, particularly those remote leaders who must juggle increasing demands for authentically connecting from a distance. Wendy discusses her transformational journey from high control executive to the state of hustling – but in a healthy way. Listen to Wendy and Debra explore the challenges and solutions for remote leaders who understand the need to connect from the heart to ensure that team members are heard, feel appreciated, and can reach out to their leaders who are open, supportive, and accessible, ensuring that team member remain engaged, motivated, and on the team.
Dr. Ali Lankerani (“Dr. L”) and Debra Dinnocenzo enjoy a wide-ranging discussion about the brain/heart connection and how leaders can leverage their “zone of genius” by focusing on what they do well, caring about the people they lead, and finding ways to automate/delegate the things they do that could be automated or delegated. Building on his background as a practicing neuroscientist and his expertise in working with parents to help them become more effective, Dr. L suggests ways leaders can build strong connections and rapport with their teams to improve team member retention, satisfaction, and performance. Dr. L is also the founder of Role Model Maker which offers virtual assistance services, and he offers listeners a free resource listing the Top 10 Virtual Assistant Tasks downloadable at
Jack Canfield and Debra Dinnocenzo discuss the challenges facing remote leaders who must communicate at an accelerated rate, build trust within their teams, and lead for performance results. Leaders must also demonstrate caring and compassion from a distance. Debra discusses the different types of overload increasingly experienced in the digital age – information, access, and work overload – which combine to create burnout and disengagement. Jack and Debra explore the pivotal role leaders play in helping remote/hybrid teams feel connected and committed.
Jack Canfield and Debra Dinnocenzo discuss the challenges facing remote leaders and the changes that the new workplace presents for leaders and teams. Jack asks Debra to explain how her career brought her to her work coaching remote leaders and training hybrid teams. Debra shares her passion for her work and her insights on the critical skills for leaders who must manage the essential touchpoints to keep team members engaged and motivated, while balancing the demands of supporting people, productivity, and profits. Debra reinforces the importance of remote leaders leveraging connectivity tools to make authentic connections with remote/hybrid team members.
Laura Moody and Debra Dinnocenzo discuss how distance leaders can strengthen their hybrid teams through effective communication techniques. Scheduling regular check-in remote meetings and utilizing multiple communication methods are critical to building trust and developing a connected team. Laura shares her views on the importance of having cameras on during video meetings and the value of nurturing a learning culture for geographically dispersed organizations.
Rick Swegan and Debra Dinnocenzo discuss the challenges of ensuring ethical behavior in a distributed work environment. Rick shares insights from his book, The Practice of Ethical Leadership (published February 2024; available on Amazon). Most critically, Rick suggests that leaders must not only have policies, guidelines, and compliance rules, but they must also model ethical behavior and encourage dialogue about ethical issues in their organizations.