You don't need tips.

You need strategy.

Learn how to support your team with a proven methodology for virtual working success. Even if you think you are comfortable working from a distance, our courses can build your mastery and grow your distance working career!

While others are just starting on their distance working journey, the Distance Leader LLC team has been working virtually since 1997. Let's grow together!

Suddenly a distance worker? 

Are you prepared to be successful?

As more and more leaders and team members work from home, there is a growing sense of isolation, disconnection, and frustration.

It doesn't have to be that way.

You know the sensations: days are starting to blend together, you feel like you are isolated, you start doubting your business decisions... Even worse, you are unsure if your career will progress the longer you work from home.

So you reach out, trying to find ways to protect your career, get some balance, reconnect to friends and colleages. Questions race through your mind:

  • Has my career progression stopped?
  • Am I connecting with the right people?
  • Should I trust other people on my team?
  • Where do I find the right tools for my job?
  • How do I make new work friends and network with others?
  • What is our company or team vision?
  • Am I missing out on rewards because I am working from a distance?

And you're tired. Tired of being unsure how to connect to the right people. Tired of not having the resources you need to do your work. Tired of always having to start the conversations. Tired of being alone. And frankly, tired of being tired.

You feel lost and invisible. As a distance worker, you know what it's like to go through a day and have nobody reach out to you. "Out of sight, out of mind," right? You feel like you have disappeared and simply working in a place where only you exist.

You can't take a break. One of the worst parts about working from a distance is a particular kind of fear: If I am away from my desk, nobody will remember my value. So you keep working. It's so easy to stay up late... you're already in your most comfortable work attire, right? What's another couple of hours at your desk.

You're tired of meetings. Now that your company is working virtually, meeting requests are coming in from all over. Virtual breakfast meetings, over-lunch meetings, and virtual happy hours that are the opposite of happy. You're still in a meeting, right?

You don't feel trusted. Your boss called, asking for "proof" that you are working hard, every possible minute. Forget taking time to learn new skills, because your company expects you to be at your desk all the time on "productive" tasks. If you're not available for a video call, you're not really working, right?

You don't know what to do. You've tried all the "tips and tricks" for distance working, but it still feels like you are trapped in your new work environment, alone and perhaps forgotten.

Welcome to the Distance Leader Academy.

We will help.

At the Distance Leader Academy, we have explored the pains and stresses of working remotely. We know the steps you can take to succeed as a virtual worker, a distance leader, or a remote team member. Our online courses will help you define your essential connections, and take action to be successful and thrive in your distance-working world.

The Distance Leader Academy connects you to successful virtual working practices.

Read on for more information!

Here’s What You’ll Get When You Sign Up

Distance Leader Academy courses provide both content and work resources that can be applied immediately. Our focus is on meaningful, powerful, and research-driven courses that are delivered flexibly, with worksheets and tools to build a "practice notebook" in your job. We know every minute of your workday is valuable, so we have condensed our courses for maximum impact in the shortest amount of time. No fluff... all value.

That's why we call our courses 50/50 courses: We do the first 50% to organize and structure materials. The other 50% is completing the tools embedded in the course. Since your workplace is unique to your experience, we have designed our resources to examine your specific work environment.

You customize the course materials. Most courses today are "sit and get" courses, where you speed through a bunch of videos or slides, and don't really do much with the information. Distance Leader Academy courses are different. In our courses, you can expect a mix of content and activities:

  • more focused more on reasonable amounts of content
  • immediate use of course information 
  • building a vocabulary of success, and 
  • exploring multiple strategies that work best for you

You receive full access to the course upon sign-up. Once you complete the registration process, you will receive complete access to the course and all materials. Lessons may include videos (with Closed Captioning available), support articles and podcasts, downloadable notebook pages, and even assessment tools.

You will have our full attention with the purchase of our facilitated follow-up sessions. Our live webinar sessions are designed to support individual and group progress through coaching and team facilitation discussions. One of our experienced and certified facilitators will work with you and/or your team to make the most of your course materials and learning process.

Actual, effective, and meaningful tools and techniques

You've probably taken online courses in the past that were more of a spectator event than an actual business tool. We test all of our activities and resources to ensure they lead to meaningful outcomes. Many of these tools are thought exercises that reorient your work activities on virtual working. You can apply the learning tools to your work environment almost immediately!

Your assignments, your pacing

Distance Leader Academy courses are designed with self-study modules, available online at any time. You design the pacing and the implementation schedule. The assignments can be downloaded as a notebook at the start of the course, or you can download activities as they are presented in the lessons. It's entirely up to you! If you need a little extra time, or need to go back to a lesson, you will be able to move through the course at your own pace.

Individual or group: Your choice!

Distance Leader Academy courses are self-study modules, but work best when multiple team members participate in the learning. The activities can be shared and discussed in small groups... but are just as effective when only one person is working through the course assignments.

If you're a leader, you can choose to enroll your entire team or just purchase materials for individuals who need it.

Building organizational expertise

There's nothing quite like the right training at the right time. Through engaging, real-world, and relevant examples, Distance Leader Academy courses avoid overly-academic lectures. Instead, we focus on real-world experiences that help our participants relate to the information they are learning. There are no "widgets" or "product B" explanations because our course designers are long-time distance leaders and workers themselves. Our participants tell us that they connect and relate to the in-course examples.

Here’s what people are saying about our courses

Our customers appreciate our pragmatic and engaging approach to virtual work.  These are real testimonials from real people who have used our training to increase their professional and business success.

D. Dowis

Web development agency president

"I feel like I have the tools and support I need"

Thanks to Distance Leader, I'm confidently forging ahead, building a distributed team to provide more consistent and reliable website support to our clients. Our team is growing, and now I feel like I have the tools and support I need to ensure that trust, work-life balance, and client satisfaction remain paramount as we expand.

S. Barno

Learning environment specialist

"Very informative and apropos for this time"

I highly recommend taking  online Distance Leader Academy courses, as they are very informative and apropos for this time. Dr. Wells' delivery and pace, as well as his articulation, is very easy to follow and comprehend. One would be missing out on some great and relevant information by not taking this course!

J. Ballew

Digital storyteller and agency owner

"to work more profitably with my clients!"

Dr. Wells' courses are crystal clear in content and a user-friendly experience.  With high-quality video and audio, he's way ahead of many courses that I've taken. That's something that makes learning structured and effective for me in an online course. I've already used the Distance Leader Academy courses to work more profitably with my clients!

Distance Leader Academy primary developer,
Christopher Wells, Ph.D.

Dr. Christopher Wells is a distance leader and distance worker since 1997. With a background in instructional design and organizational development, Dr. Wells helps companies shape methodologies and practices to work virtually.

As an accomplished consultant and instructor, Dr. Wells has spoken internationally on the topics of virtual team performance improvement, knowledge-sharing strategies, and building trust as both a leader and a team member. His doctoral focus emphasized virtual leadership and developing the core competencies to make distance leaders and team members excel.

When he's not helping companies reach their goals, Dr. Wells can be found cooking vegetarian food, studying languages and cultures, and planning his next big trip. His birthstone is a pecan and his favorite animal is Hobbes from Calvin and Hobbes.

Current Course Offerings

Our course selection is growing!

We love getting suggestions for new courses, and already have a number of course offerings in the works! Send us an email if you have an idea of a course that you'd like to see. If your course idea is chosen, we may ask you to be one of our content testers and evaluators!

Distance Work Essentials: Leaders

Leading your teams in a virtual workspace requires a different mix of competencies than what you may have used in the office setting. By exploring a unique model and approach to distance leadership, you will explore four critical connections to supercharge your existing leadership skills!

Equity and Equality in the Distance Workplace

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Distance Work Essentials: Team Members

Working in a virtual team is a unique experience! From overcoming isolation to demonstrating trustworthy behaviors, this course empowers you with essential topics to make you more successful as a distance team member.

Distance Work Essentials Facilitator Course

As a facilitator, coach, or business advisor, you can become certified to be a Distance Work Essentials Facilitator! Complete with facilitator guides and other resources to make your teams and customers proficient in a virtual work environment, this course can build your competency to your coaching expertise!

Are you ready for results?

Today, distance leaders and team members feel isolated, disconnected, and unsure of team dynamics. As a distance leader and worker myself, I know how hard it is to succeed, and even thrive, as a virtual worker. When I started studying the dynamics of virtual teams and leaders several years ago, I quickly found that working in a non-office environment was different... very different.

I studied different leadership styles, virtual teaming approaches, communication styles, trust dynamics, and organizational design strategies. I had conversations with leaders who expressed a great deal of pain as they tried to connect with their team members. I also spoke with team members who had so much to say about what they need from their leaders.

What I discovered as I studied distance leadership was that virtual teams and leaders need tools and resources that will help them succeed. Vague tips, tricks, and "top 10 lists" just aren't effective.. 

When I developed courses for my clients based on my own experience and my research, I concentrated on the success factors that consistently, and positively, impacted performance and satisfaction. I believe that Distance Leader Academy courses are different because they reflect your experiences, your goals, and your opportunities.

This is your chance to change the way you work by examining what will make you successful. I can't wait to hear your success story, too!

100% 15-Day Satisfaction Guarantee 

Distance Leader Academy is so confident of the quality of our products that we back them up with a 15-day, 100% money-back guarantee.

If for any reason you are not satisfied with an Online Course, contact us within 15 days of purchase and you will be given a full refund subject to the following terms and conditions.

We look forward to helping you succeed!