The tool for “Self-Assessing your Leadership Skills for the Digital Age” has been developed to allow leaders evaluate how equipped they are to transition their company into a fully digital organization, and how ready they are to lead their employees in this new digital world. Leaders need to build a digital infrastructure, but also to put in place practices and structures that maximize the potential of the digitized workplace. Crucial is the (re)incorporation of the personal into the digital. The modern leader must ensure that the networked organization remains a healthy workplace that maximizes the human potential of employees.
This tool allows leaders assess their own strengths and weaknesses in bringing their organization into this new world and succeeding there. In particular, it helps leaders understand how to maximize the opportunities of a digital organization in terms of disruption, innovation and knowledge-brokering, while building effective relationships with and among employees, the people who work in this world, and who actualize its potentials.
The tool allows leaders assess themselves along five main dimensions:
The characteristic digital organization is networked, producing transparency, knowledge-flow, communication and collaboration. But networks also increase complexity and broaden the scope of leadership. Can you lead through dialogue, and knowledge-sharing? Can you motivate your employees and support them to learn and grow in their goals and careers?
The digital world awards innovation, but it also requires innovation just to keep up. Can you initiate projects, take risks, and promote innovation? Can you influence a network towards disruption, but preserve the abilities and confidence of your employees?
Horizontal structures and the diffusing by technology of boundaries between work roles and personal lives can cause confusion and demotivation among employees, and cause them to lose identification with the company. Leading means inspiring and motivating: Can you create motivation and build narratives for employees? Do you stand for the values, beliefs, and principles of the company? Can you communicate these things?
New technologies create new possibilities, especially for communication – from asynchronous communication to remote simultaneous collaboration. But these new forms of communication require new skills and new strategies. Are you aware of their pitfalls and potentials? Do you know the behavioral, communication, and managerial tactics to address these?
This is the age of knowledge, and both managers and employees must constantly learn and develop. Digital technology and networks provide many knowledge opportunities but the information flow can be overwhelming. As a leader, can you motivate your employees to innovate but support them to learn and develop amid disruption? Can you create best practices that integrate information technologies such as databases into effective knowledge structures, while allowing room for the personal and informal interactions that support employees and create confidence and innovation?
Using this tool, you can answer these questions and identify your own strengths and weaknesses as a leader in the digital world. The tool builds a personal profile for you, allowing you to identify your advantages in the digital world, and the skills and strategies you must develop to continue to succeed.