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Sherri Riggs

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Are You a Good Digital Leader?

Everybody wants to be a better leader, but not everyone knows exactly how to do that! As it turns out, one easy way is to become a better leader is to learn more technology.

DDI, a company that focuses on training and creating leaders, conducted a research study about multiple aspects of leadership, including digital competence. The study is called the Global Leadership Forecast. They found that the people with more digital skills, tended to be better leaders.

The six digital skills that leaders focus on are:

1. Leading with Digitization

2. Adaptability

3. Driving Execution

4. Hyper-Collaboration

5. Identifying and Developing Future Talent

6. 360 Degree Thinking.

What does having these six skills mean? DDI says digitally savvy leaders are more prepared than than the digitally-UNsavvy to meet business challenges. Specifically digital leaders are better at anticipating and responding to competitiveness, navigating complexity, and using data to make analytical decisions. DDI also found that digital leaders outperform others financially by 50 percent.

So how do you become a digital leader? There are a few suggestions… one is to rethink the skill set required for work. Make skills sets include new knowledge of emerging tech. AND asses which leadership roles are open at your company, and look for people who are digitally advanced that can bring this savvy culture into your store.

Do you think being digitally advanced affects leadership skills?? Let me know in the comments below!

Mark Rask

Sherri, This is a great article....It really gives me some things to shoot for 

Chris K Leslie

Agreed, Great job on this one. 

Sherri Riggs

Mark, Chris - thank you!

I never really thought about how learning more technology can make us better leaders... but it makes a lot of sense. I look back at my college days and absolutely hated going to the classes where there were still paper handouts for every assignment *sigh*. Technology makes things easier for everyone... including leaders!

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