Leadership in the era of remote work takes on different qualities than it traditionally has in face-to-face settings, according to new research. A study published in the Journal of Business and Psychology tracked 220 US-based teams to see which personality types emerged as leaders across in-person, virtual and hybrid groups. The data shows that while in-person teams chose leaders who embodied the charisma, confidence and extroversion of traditional leaders, remote teams chose the worker bees to lead -- people who were reliable, productive, focused and helpful. “In face-to-face interactions, most of us are very easily swayed by the power of personality,” says lead author Radostina Purvanova, an associate professor of management and leadership at Drake University. “Virtually, we are less swayed by someone’s personality and can more accurately assess whether or not they are actually engaging in important leadership behavior."

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