AI Disrupts Competencies Needed for Leadership

Dateline: February 16, 2018

Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend.

Leadership as we know it today is soon to be a thing of the past…or is it?  As technologies take over more of the decision making activity, based on data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence advances, visionaries are seeing changes in the role of leaders, too.  Recently, Harvard Business Review published an article, As AI Makes More Decisions, the Nature of Leadership Will Change, written by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Michael Wade and Jennifer Jordan (professors at University College London, IMD, and IMD respectively).  In it they suggest,

Indeed, it is very likely that AI will supplant many aspects of the “hard” elements of leadership — that is, the parts responsible for the raw cognitive processing of facts and information. At the same time, our prediction is that AI will also lead to a greater emphasis on the “soft” elements of leadership — the personality traits, attitudes, and behaviors that allow individuals to help others achieve a common goal or shared purpose.

They note that

Certain qualities, such as deep domain expertise, decisiveness, authority, and short-term task focus, are losing their cachet, while others, such as humility, adaptability, vision, and constant engagement, are likely to play a key role in more-agile types of leadership.

Are you prepared to lead in an environment that is disrupted by AI? What skills and competencies do you need to develop to be ready?

That’s a WRAP!  Have a great weekend!

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