Exploring Leadership Challenges In The Digital Age

April 18, 2023 thehrobserver-hrobserver-WAM

Serial entrepreneur, bestselling author and performance coach Steve Cockram said, that how leaders can stay emotionally, physically and intellectually healthy in a world where work never stops, has become a challenge.

Cockram spoke during a majlis lecture venue at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the presentation was also attended by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, and a number of ministers and officials.

His lecture discussed the unique challenges facing business leaders in today’s digital world. 

During his lecture he compared work schedules from the industrial age – where the working day had clearly defined start and end points – whilst today’s digital age where it is difficult to stop being connected. Cockram introduced the ‘five gears’ concept that can help leaders and teams manage their schedules so that they can work efficiently and can recharge. 

Cockram said that leaders must learn to lead through influence rather than their position or title which is a challenge in itself. In the past, employees would often ‘do their time’ and rise through the ranks to reach a position where they could influence the organisation’s strategy. However, he said that unlike before, hierarchies are being squashed and the new generation of ‘digital natives’ is inherently better equipped to tackle the challenges of the digital age.

Therefore, Cockram proposes that leaders harness the ‘superpowers’ of each team member and ensure that they feel truly heard, valued and appreciated. 

Cockram added that building a culture that attracts and retains top talent has also become a challenge. He explained that successful cultures are built by leaders who don’t measure their value through what they personally achieve, but rather through enabling people.

Therefore, he explains it is essential that a leader understands each member of their team, what motivates them, and what challenges they may be facing.

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