5 Leadership skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution


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Getting to grips with the exponential impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, sooner rather than later, should be a priority for every leader no matter what business they are in. In our last post in the ALT to Reboot Leadership Series, we noted how cyber-physical systems, automation and the Internet of Things are combining to create exponential growth for businesses. Here is a bit more detail on the factors at play in a 4.0 system:

*     People, devices, machines and sensors connect and communicate

*     Virtual copies of the physical world are created, allowing for better contextualisation of information

*     Technical assistance helps humans with decisions and tasks that are difficult or dangerous

*     Autonomous decision making (decentralising decisions) starts with simple decisions being taken by cyber-physical systems[1].

The skills and experience to implement these systems are severely lacking. Organisations have what the World Economic Forum calls a ‘triple investment’ to make in reskilling: reskilling at-risk workers, upskilling the broader workforce and building structures for a learning organisation[2].

Given our focus in the leadership space, in this blog we wanted to lift out a set of requirements for leaders that resonate strongly for us, defined by Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School, Richard Jolly.

1.    Communication – that is effective and authentic in a world of information overload and hype

2.    Reflection – to pause and make sense of what sometimes seems like chaos around us, and to learn from what we observe so that we apply it to the next ‘round’ Continue reading