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10 ESSENTIAL QUALITIES FOR LEADERSHIP:

IN THE AGE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

By Olaniyan SamuelPublished about a year ago 4 min read
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10 ESSENTIAL QUALITIES FOR LEADERSHIP:
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AI and automation will change the entire nature of work. CEOs must not ignore or allow other executives to ignore this AI and data-driven shift, or "intelligence revolution," as we like to call it. Figuring out how to apply AI, dealing with people-related issues, avoiding the ethical risks of AI, making sure you have the right technology in place, and other issues are among the top worries for business executives of today and the future.

What sort of skills are we talking about? To succeed in the intelligence revolution, you must master the ten leadership skills outlined below:

1. Agility

It's amazing how quickly things are changing, especially with AI. Leaders must therefore be able to embrace and accept change (including new technologies). Most importantly, they must see change as an opportunity for creativity and progress for themselves and their organizations rather than a burden.

2. Intelligence in Emotions

As the workplace becomes increasingly automated, softer traits like emotional intelligence and empathy will become more crucial for human workers. And if we want the workplaces of the future to value these human skills, leaders should act in this way.

3. Cultural Awareness

Workplaces of the future will be far more diverse, global, and dispersed than those of the present. Even when they hold opposing worldviews, effective leaders will be able to appreciate and get along with people from all walks of life. They will also be able to appreciate and benefit from the unique perspectives that individuals bring to the table.

4. Sobriety

Leaders will still need to have a lot of confidence, but they will succeed if they can maintain a healthy balance between arrogance and modesty. They will see themselves more as collaborators and facilitators than as fundamental success reasons. In other words, they will inspire others to achieve success.

5. Accountability

Flatter organizational structures, more project-based teams, and partnership working will make organizations more transparent and collaborative. Leaders will therefore need to be more responsible and transparent. Additionally, they must act in a way that is plainly consistent with the company's goals.

6. Vision

To understand how artificial intelligence (AI) will impact the business and all of its stakeholders, leaders in the intelligence revolution will need that wide perspective. How will artificial intelligence (AI) transform the business and open up new avenues for commerce? The needs of all stakeholders must be skilfully balanced as leaders make this choice.

7. Courage

We have barely begun to scratch the surface of what AI is capable of, so leaders will need the guts to face the unpredictable, the fortitude to fail swiftly, and the courage to change course when the scenario calls for a different strategy.

8. Gut Feeling

Without a doubt, data-driven decision-making is the future, but this does not mean that intuition and instinct will become obsolete; on the contrary, it means that they will become more and more important. Especially as workplaces undergo fast change, leaders will still require the innately human capacity for intuition, or the ability to "understand" what is not being said.

9. Sincerity

Any new technology poses change management issues and ethical and abuse concerns. Since building trust with clients, team members, and other stakeholders demands coming across as authentic, leaders in the intelligence revolution will need to be able to do so. This will be especially important at times of uncertainty, change, or failure.

10. Focus

Finally, given the quick pace of change and the ongoing need for adaptation, future leaders will need to have a laser-like concentration on the strategic goals of the company. They must be able to cut through the complexity and hype to find what really counts, namely the tools and programs that will help the company reach its goals.

The most important takeaway from this is that human leadership skills will be necessary in the intelligence revolution, if not more so. The most precious asset of a company is and will always be its employees. But in the future, our perception of what constitutes vital leadership attributes may shift significantly from our current perception.

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