Leading laboratories can be challenging even when you are present in the lab every day. It becomes even more challenging when you're trying to lead labs or projects in sites separated by distance. As leaders, we need to make extra efforts and use the tools available to make effective connections to people with whom we work at different sites. Some aspects of distance leadership that leaders can focus on include:

  • Take the time and energy to build human relationships
  • Recognize the difficulties of effective communication during teleconferences
  • Ensure that the online meetings and interactions matter
  • Tools can help
  • Need to create opportunities for “accidental conversations”
  • Utilize knowledge management

This webinar will focus on the challenges of leading across distance and show tips and tools to address these challenges.


Scott Hanton earned a BS in chemistry from Michigan State University and a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduation he joined the Analytical Science Department at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in Allentown, PA. In a 20-year career at Air Products, Scott had research roles in laser science, mass spectrometry, and polymer analysis, and a series of analytical technical management roles. For the next four years, Scott was the laboratory operations manager and chief scientist for Intertek Allentown (PA). Scott’s current role is the general manager of the Intertek Allentown business. Scott has been active in ALMA since 2003 and on the ALMA board of directors since 2009.