4. Prioritize people
As a leader embracing the digital transformation doesn’t just mean upgrading equipment and putting advanced technological processes and initiatives into place. It also means focusing on the people: making sure everyone is up to speed and on the same page with regards to what changes are needed to support the team vision. This is why it’s so important to invest in the development of your employees so that your workers will be able to, in turn, manage new technologies to create quality services and products for your customers and stakeholders.
Preserving the company culture is also necessary to make sure that employees will create quality products and services in line with your company’s visions. Remember that the production of a good service or product starts from within- you as a manager, your team and the relationships you have with each other! Lead by example and get creative; this will encourage your employees to be open with their ideas and thoughts as well. Also, if they see that you’re passionate about digital, they’ll be engaged in making the transformation work as well.
5. Build up your technical skills
There’s no need to be the expert, but leaders with a certain degree of technical understanding will be able to see the larger picture of how technology will fit into the overall plan for digital transformation, as well as better understand the product or service being offered. Also, managers with technical understanding will be more equipped to understand and even remove roadblocks to efficiency and effectiveness for their team.
Digital leaders are very much needed to pave the way for digital transformation; they design and deliver the organisation of tech and they decide on the type of change management interventions that are needed to guide the organisation through the journey. Do take the time to equip yourself with the relevant capabilities, so as to develop a visionary mindset and spirit resilient to disruption. Organisations need such leaders who will understand the impact tech will have on their business. Such leaders can better gauge the possibility of making something happen in the digital landscape and utilise processes to generate new insights through automation. 
If you’re not there yet, don’t fret! These are still areas in which managers around the world are trying to adjust and improve. If you’re able to maintain a constructive attitude, growth mindset and intellectual curiosity, you’ll continuously improve and ultimately, become that leader who’s able to effectively lead, inspire and execute.
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