Leadership Development and Artificial Intelligence

December 12, 2018 by Wally Bock

Leadership development will be transformed by artificial intelligence (AI), just like every other area of business. Don’t think about this starting with technology. Instead, start from the impact that artificial intelligence can have on the day-to-day work of a manager. A great article in Forbes, titled, “How AI Will Groom A New Breed Of “Super Managers” will help. Here’s just one quote from the article.

“A growing number of AI applications, however, promise to drastically reduce business leaders’ workloads by taking over many of those low-value and repetitive tasks. By 2021, this shift will generate an estimated $2.9 billion in business value and save 6.2 billion hours of worker productivity, according to Gartner.”

Leadership Development: How AI Will Transform Leaders’ Work

AI won’t give managers more time, but it will give them more time for important things. Today, managers spend more than half their time on routine activities, like scheduling and reporting. When AI handles routine work, managers will have more time for leadership work.

Leadership Development, AI, And Soft Skills

What will managers do with that time and with AI tools? The development challenge is to answer that question and then help leaders become more effective. Help aspiring leaders develop coaching skills they will have more opportunity to use. Help them learn to integrate the information AI can provide into their coaching work.

AI will provide information that will improve decision-making. You can help leaders learn to make better decisions when they have more time to focus on the decision and spend less time gathering data.

Innovation is the holy grail of today’s business. Help your aspiring leaders learn how to use the time AI gives them to capture and use more of their good ideas for innovation.

Leadership Development Bottom Line

Your company’s leaders will use artificial intelligence to do a better job of working with their people, deciding, and innovating. Your challenge is to help them learn how.

Wally Bock is a coach, a writer and President of Three Star Leadership.

Posted in Leadership Development

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