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GREAT CHANGES REQUIRE GREAT LEADERSHIP!

True digital transformation touches nearly every aspect of an organization. Everyone across the company needs to be on board, and that starts at the top. Strong leaders can help an organization in maximizing productivity and achieve business goals, whereas weak leadership can hurt productivity and put the health of the business in jeopardy.

The dynamics of a digital transformation are similar to any big change management program or change management philosophy. They require bold, determined, and consistent leadership in order to achieve success. The following are some of the leadership qualities essential for the digital transformation of the organization:

1) Risk-taking Approach

Risk-taking is the part of a business strategy that involves assessing how a business’s decisions will harm or benefit the company. Every business encounters risks, which may or may not be anticipated or controlled by the company. Addressing these situations requires the leader to be a calculated risk-taker; someone who not only takes risks but encourages others to walk a similar path. The risk-taker accepts the possibility of failure and despite this potential, encourages innovation, creativity, and change in themselves and others.

2) Cross-functional Collaboration

Cross-functional team collaboration happens when employees from different functions or teams (like Sales, Service, HR, Marketing, and IT) in the company come together to work on a common project, goal, or responsibility. Working in tandem to jointly create technology solutions to business problems ensures the technology enables business needs to be met. Cross-functional teams need a leader who can delegate, educate, and give autonomy to every team member while always following up on the project progress. This will foster strong workforce relationships, improve communication and ensure the quality of work.

3)Dynamic & Agile work culture

As both technology and the continuing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to change, so does the dynamic workplace. Leaders must provide a flexible workplace that enables employees to feel safe, connect with their work and colleagues, and maintain or increase their productivity. As the dynamic workplace evolves alongside technology, companies need to be forward-thinking and consider all elements when planning for their space’s future Agile working is about bringing people, processes, connectivity, and technology, time and place together to find the most appropriate and effective way of working to carry out a particular task

4)Adopting new technology

People accustomed to using specific tools and following certain procedures tend to be resistant to new methods. Culture is the most significant self-reported barrier to digital effectiveness. In order to impact the team’s culture and prepare it for digital adoption, leaders must put themselves in their employees’ shoes and think about the reasons they may be resistant to change, as well as what solutions would help to ease these fears. Digital adoption needs to start from the top, to show how much of a difference it can make. Furthermore, employees should be encouraged to share their opinions and ask questions to create a culture of honesty and openness during a time of great change. By listening to their feedback and making necessary adjustments, you can create a more unified culture and fix problems faster. The sooner the employees fully embrace new technologies, the sooner the company will begin to see a strong ROI.

Business needs a proper vision to realize the end goal of what can be achieved in the future. With the right vision comes direction, priorities, and benchmarks to measure success along the way.

To know more about digital transformation of business processes, please contact:
rea.jafar@valuefoc.com
Digital Transformation Consultant,Valuefoc Technologies

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