Digital Leadership Actions

Many people, today, question the existence of leaders at all, as they believe that the future businesses will be
flatocracies that will run without a formal hierarchy, operating through shared purpose and values rather than
through the prudence and instructions of leaders.

This is far from true. The role of leaders has become even more crucial in the age of Digital Transformation, but has
changed somewhat to allow for the more collaborative Digital workplace. Even at rather flat organizations—e.g.,
Facebook—management exists and everybody is aware of their superiors and their expectation from that person.
This article deliberates on the 5 key actions that Digital Leadership should take to facilitate successful Digital
Transformation.

The presentation also provides a detailed account of the 9 characteristics of Digital Leadership that
are essential to lead teams in the Digital Era.
A couple of case studies have also been incorporated in the deck to demonstrate initiatives and tools helpful in
fast-tracking the Digital Revolution.

Leaders should plan and execute the following activities to help transform
into a Digital organization

  • Set a Vision:
    The leader needs to establish a future vision— clarify the strategic direction of the wider organization to
    the team, pay attention to the opinions of the team, and explain the yearly plan to them
  • Clarify the Team Role:
    The leader should clearly outline the purpose and responsibilities of each member in the team. Each
    team member should be aware of their roles, outcomes of their individual as well as team role, and
    the parameters for success. This aids in avoiding conflict and encourages teamwork.
  • Advise,Don’t Dictate:
    The leaders should be advisers as opposed to dictators. By utilizing their network and influence,
    leaders remove barriers that their team cannot remove and pave the way to their success. This is a
    compelling benefit of a hierarchical structure facilitating action and collaboration in an organization.
  • Make Roles Fluid:
    Leaders need to make certain that their people get the opportunity to develop by assigning them fluid
    roles and moving them to other departments. They should be willing to bring onboard new people and
    refresh their team as and when required.
  • Keep Focused on Outcome:                                                                                                                                              A leader should motivate the team to stay focused on results, support people to take ownership, and be a
    role model that always concentrates on business strategy. Leaders must be geared to make difficult
    decisions.

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