The old leadership concepts and principles remain valid and important. The new challenge for virtual leadership, rather, lies in the mechanics of managing a workforce whose primary obstacle to communication and collaboration is distance. In a context dominated by distance, command and control fail systematically, so, leaders now have to take decade-old leadership lessons serious and practice them.
Executives also have to realize that virtual leadership is different! Distributed and virtual work is not face-to-face with new tools. It requires the domination of new technologies and a re-thinking of how work is organized.