The chapter gives an overview about leadership in relation to digital change. Learn about various leadership styles and craft win-win negotiation strategies. How to turn your organization into a learning organization? How to use leadership skills to promote Leadership 4.0 Culture in your organisation? How to empower colleagues and your organisation as a whole by promoting digital competences and competitiveness?
In the context of digital transformation it is important to understand the role of leaders as drivers for change and learning. They are expected to act as role models for use of new technologies and mind sets. They promote digital change with a participative leadership style, preferably guiding autonomous workers instead of instructing them.
They also give and receive feedback and act as the champion of the whole project of digital change, be it small or big changes. Listen to Charlene Li in this video to hear more about why leaders in a digital world should start giving up control.
It could be interesting to identify who has leading functions in your company. A talk with them could reveal how they perceive their role and which skills they think they need to facilitate digital change processes and the competence development of staff. This link on skills for digital leaders gives you some input for your discussion.
After having talked about the qualities and skills of a leader in the digital economy, there is another skill worth mentioning: To see businesses as learning organisations.
This is all the more important in times of information as basis for progress and continuous digital transformation. Knowledge creation, acquisition and transfer require a supportive and open environment. The following video introduces the “learning organisation” idea.
And right after if you want to start changing a few things, we advise to check the techniques for supporting learning in the workplace as described in this document.
Working and learning should go hand in hand and not be seen as distinct activities. As an introduction, you might find this video interesting, where Jane Hart, a learning expert, explains modern workplace learning.
These information will be helpful to you to translate the advantages of work-integrated learning to your colleagues and raise their responsibility for it.
To make yourself familiar with a concrete method of work-based learning, this article might be useful. It explains the method of on-the-job training. You will directly be convinced by the simple approach to use the existing environment, tools, and skill training available in the workplace to train employees.