Modern leaders don’t have to be masters in every single craft. After all, with a strong team and collaborative approach to operations, there can be no limit to what a company can do. However, in the digital age, there are certain key tech-related skills that can distinguish true innovators from the rest of the pack.Yet according to recent EY research, many leaders lack some of the vital competencies required to succeed. What are these?
1) Leading with digitisation
Has your leadership adapted to the digital age?
2) Digital literacy
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee ranks technology use and applications skills as the third most vital competency for an Australian to have in the current employment environment. Even if your leadership was built on face-to-face communication and more traditional skill sets, embracing technology is going to be key to your continued success.This doesn’t have to come from formal training. Simply onboarding new talent with these skills can provide the bedrock upon which you learn.
3) Learning to run a virtual team
As the modern workforce becomes more flexible, leaders need to embrace technology that facilitates group collaboration across large distances. This means effective communication technology, the ability to video conference on a whim, and establishing frameworks through which teams of a dozen or more can remain accountable to one another from different corners of the country.The ability to lead virtual teams was another competency that EY determined to be a core weakness among Australian leaders.
4) Changing the guard
5) Bringing multiple perspectives together
Think of this as the business-focused version of running a virtual team. Rather than bringing disparate individuals together to help a team run smoothly, you are bringing together different perspective to create a new vision for the business.By embracing forward-thinking perspectives and dropping any semblance of tunnel vision, a leader can find true growth. However, identifying patterns and adapting to them remains a weakness for leaders. One solution here is total immersion in a system that forces leaders to adopt this “360 thinking”.