The CEO of the last decade has made way for the CIO of today, who embraces the ongoing digital revolution and recognises the power of game-changing technology.
Digital disruption has redefined how organisations function and paved the way for a new wave of leadership. .
First of all, let us understand what “Digital Leadership” is all about. The World Economic Forum defines it as- “a leader’s contribution to the transition toward a knowledge society and their knowledge of technology. Digital leaders have an obligation to keep up with the ongoing global revolution. They must understand technology, not merely as an enabler but also for its revolutionary force.”
So, what does it take to be a “Digital Leader”?
Technology is always emerging, dynamic and it can be overwhelming. As a leader in the digital age, one needs to be able to foresee the probable outcomes of what you implement today and how far your decisions will take you. As you keep yourself abreast of the latest discoveries, you need to be able to foresee what is coming and how they can help your business grow.
Influence, educate, implement
The core values of a leader remain the same, irrespective of the era they belong to. Leaders always need to influence their followers. But to do so, they themselves need to have sound knowledge in everything that digital trends entail. As the chief custodian of information, it is the primary responsibility of digital leaders to educate their followers and help them implement ideas in relevant applications.
Think traditional with a futuristic approach
The CIO cannot completely replace the key skills of the CEO. The tried and tested traditional approach to strategy and execution, married with technology acumen can prove to be the most successful quality of the digital leader. Technology has power aplenty, but can it replace the ingenuity and innovative approach of the human mind? Digital leaders need to implement their true Emotional Intelligence to be able to understand and work cohesively with AI.
Learn and enable transformation
We are in an age of transformation. Therefore, digital leaders need to empower their people through this journey as efficiently as possible, by educating themselves on the nuances of digital revolution. As a leader, one needs to learn and unlearn the constant shift of the viability of technology and the implications this could have.
Lead the knowledge society
The leaders of the ‘knowledge society’ need to stay well-informed so they can lead the way. The digital leader is more agile, adaptable and always hungry for more. Learn how to identify trends, understand why each process and system is needed, and how the functionality of every application is integrated. Find innovative ways to make technology as convenient and adaptable as possible for your team members.
Dissolve the hierarchy
Look at the fastest growing organisations of today, there’s one thing that is common among all of them- they all have a lateral organisational structure. The vertical structure of organisational is passé. Today, leaders need to collaborate across all levels and departments and let go of the rigid hierarchical structure of the 20th century. Replace the more authoritarian approach, with the role of community manager. Technology is a great binding factor across all organisational levels and requires collaboration. The success of any digital leader is dependent on encouraging teams and employees to learn to collaborate across departments and take the lead in their areas. This will help to build and manage technology-driven, expert communities across the board.
The fundamental factors of successful leadership remain the same throughout the ages. But the digital Revolution encourages leaders to adopt new traits that will help them move with the pace. Join us at our Working Futures Event on 14th November, 2017 for the opportunity to meet leaders who continue to be inspired by the Digital Revolution – with open forums, keynote speeches and much more.
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