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Innovation Enterprise, UK: Cognizant's AVP, Center for the Future of Work, Discusses Leadership for the Digital Age

“While there is no denying that data, platforms, and automation will power the new ‘machine’ for work and the people that use it, relearning leadership remains key because people still matter," says Euan Davis. “Leadership and strong management shape a company’s destiny. It’s needed now more than ever because the shift into digital — new technologies, new tools and new ways of working — call for a fresh approach to leadership that ensures firms navigate through the disruption.” Excerpts:

“Transforming an organization does not necessarily require costly, wholesale changes. A unifying vision of what the organization — or team — could achieve can work wonders, while new technologies can be used to streamline and improve working methods.

Leading in the digital age is as much about fostering the right culture and getting buy-in from your team as anything else. It is about empowering existing employees with innovative tools and motivating them to embrace change; getting them ready for the work ahead.

Introducing new technologies and basing business models around them is no easy task and often, cultural and personal obstacles come from internal sources. Therefore, leaders must also re-consider how power courses through an organization, to prevent established hierarchies from crushing new ideas.

Strong leadership goes hand in hand with decent preparation and winning a championship depends on it.

It is this continuous innovation, collaboration, and experimentation with new approaches which make up the ingredients required to re-imagine how work gets done. That is how organisations can reach the top of their game.”

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