As companies move more towards remotes cultures, it’s conceivable that employees and leaders, even the CEO, may be in totally different locations.
Logistically, it can certainly work as long as you’ve put thought into building a world class remote culture. Specifically:
1. Be aware of timezones
The CEO needs to be frequently available to guide the team, especially in the early stages. If she is in another country and sleeping while must of the rest of the team is working, that likely won’t go well.
2. Be biased towards calling
I have found that a key to remote team success is being willing to always just call if you want to have a quick discussion. Waiting for people to reply on Slack is usually inefficient. I’d often be on a Google Hangout with our Manager of Customer Success, and then we’d both just start working on something else and forget that we were on the video call together! It wasn’t much different than sitting at adjacent desks.