Leadership In The Digital Era
Our civilization is experiencing unprecedented changes across many realms, largely due to the rapid advancement of information technology. The ability to code and understand the power of computing is crucial to success in today’s hyper-connected world
– Vice President Al Gore Former Vice President of the United States.
There are several leadership trends out there that it is very much aligned with how the world is gradually becoming a digital global village. The basic fact about leadership today is that it’s becoming more collective and less individual. Technology influences values, beliefs, social, economic and political structure, also the way we view our world and the way we think and behave. This is why leaders must be abreast of this trend and seek out ways to keep up with the rapid growth in globalization.
Some of the major leadership trends which currently takes place in most businesses, organizations and the world at large are; the Rise of Collective Leadership, having a Globalized Approach and lastly focusing on Vertical Development. The question most people would ask is:
How do leaders cope with the radical digital age?
How we keep abreast with the changing times?
One of the key ways leaders can cope and still be abreast of changing times is the ability to adapt and also have a collaborative mindset. In this era of globalization, whereby the present generation tends to thrive is when they work with leaders who have collaborative mindsets. They want an enabling environment in which they can participate fully and feel as though they are part of a community to remain connected and work virtually from anywhere, and it is very pertinent that leaders in various organizations find ways to engage in various training programs and support groups in order be highly functional and relevant this present generation.
Also, it is pertinent to create an open communication; as quality leadership involves operating an open door policy and also welcoming ideas and technological trends, embrace and leverage on cultural diversity. Engage and manage new leadership skills that go with the latest digital trends, and also focusing on Investing in people. Leaders should personally invest more effort in developing talents during periods of high change. Also, leaders use management skills and technical knowhow for rapid growth in professional development in general.
When we talk about leaders, the pictures in our minds are usually about individuals with supernatural abilities. But in actual sense, leadership challenge is even deeper than that. No man is an island, and no one has a monopoly of knowledge which is why Leadership is a team sport. What’s really important here is finding the right combination of complementary talents and managing them.
John C. Maxwell once said that
leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others”. That is very true because in times of uncertainty, leaders should endeavor to use higher purpose to keep people focused on their ability to shape the future of the organization.
In conclusion, the digital age can enable us to do more in handling leadership roles and moving along with the leadership trends; it can foster a renaissance for human achievement in organizations. A great first step is taking note of the evolving digital age and applying imminent leadership skills.