Digital leadership requires humility, agility, and a willingness to learn
During our roundtable discussion, Lyle stressed that it's unlikely for business leaders to have a working knowledge of all digital disciplines. Therefore, what we need from leaders is humility and a willingness to seek advice from employees at every level.
In addition, today's leaders need to seek out learning opportunities. They need to absorb digital knowledge to lead teams effectively. Moreover, a leader's ability to align everyone on a vision, and then give them the autonomy to get the job done, is critical.
The group also agreed that leaders must be comfortable with pivoting toward a digital vision. It's by reading the data and understanding the unique challenges faced by your organization that you get closer to true digital transformation. According to Lyle, the role of a leader in the digital age is to orchestrate this approach.
Crawford, meanwhile, discussed digital agility. He stressed that these are essential attributes for digital leaders and when recruiting, Heidrick & Struggles moved away from analyzing resumes to assessing how leaders mobilize, transform, and execute with agility.