Digital future demands leaders who can manage change30 Sep 2015
Some say the only constant in life is change. While some of us may do our best to avoid it, others have to face the problem head on.
Being able to manage change is an essential part of leadership training. To succeed as leaders, people need to prepare companies for future trends and developments.
Naturally, this can put pressure on leaders, especially as some aspects of these roles seem to be in a constant state of flux. For example, the rate at which technology is developing is forcing people to lead their organisations into increasing uncertainty. What do they need to know?
Technology to change the way jobs work
Those already in leadership positions will likely be aware of the way technology has changed jobs. For example, the mobile workforce has brought new challenges to talent management, but that’s just the beginning.
The influence of technology will create 3 million new jobs by 2030.
According to the national broadband network (nbn), 3 million new jobs will be created by 2030, all thanks to advancing technology. For people tasked with leading their companies into this digital revolution, the future could be challenging.
In fact, these developments could create a whole new type of leader. According to the nbn, the rise in tech jobs will boost the appeal of entrepreneurship. This could create a different generation of leaders as people open their own startups.
What can people learn from successful tech leaders?
There are a number of things budding entrepreneurs can learn from established tech leaders. From communication skills training to embracing change, there’s plenty to take in.
Rather than seeing changing tech trends as limitations, future leaders should see them as opportunities to prove their worth. For example, Tesla founder Elon Musk has used the opportunity to disrupt one of the world’s largest industries.
Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are great examples of leaders embracing technology.
For more than a century, the automotive industry has remained fairly stable. However, recent demand for sustainable vehicles meant leaders had to react to change. Elon Musk decided his company would do the unthinkable: forming a car company that would only create and sell electric vehicles.
The other poster child for the opportunities technology offers is Mark Zuckerberg – one of the world’s youngest billionaires, according to Forbes. The key takeaway here is that the changing digital landscape provides the opportunity for established leaders to grow, and for new ones to emerge.