Five Points About Leadership in the Modern Digital Landscape

Veltec Networks offers five points to consider when it comes to leadership in the modern digital landscape and navigating a blend of new technology and risk.  

It is no secret that technology has transformed the business landscape around the globe. The modern digital landscape has allowed for incredible strides in areas like communications, data collection and storage, and portable computing through WiFi and various electronic devices. With such powerful possibilities, it is essential to have a technology leadership team in place to monitor, forecast, adapt, and manage the technologies needed to help their organization flourish in the digital age.

On the negative end of the spectrum, organizational leaders must also focus on cybersecurity and oversee the threat landscape that has become an ongoing side effect of the mass adoption of technology for all businesses.

In both cases, leaders in the digital landscape must work together proactively and responsively for both emerging technologies and the prediction, prevention, mitigation, and recovery surrounding cyberattacks.

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What Are 5 Key Points That Are Important to Know About Leadership in the Digital Landscape?

The Knowledge website notes that “the old ways of running a company will not cut it in the digital world.” Corporate leaders are unlikely to understand the needs of digital leadership at the ground level and may need some guidance in hiring and fostering digital leadership personnel.

Here are five points to keep in mind:

  1. Remain goal-oriented and goal-focused
    In technology, change is a constant, but leaders need to keep their focus on organizational goals then work to align those goals with the present and anticipated technologies. Tech leadership must also share the company’s goals and information with all employees. With everyone on board, it is easier to work in tandem and achieve defined goals.
  2. Invest in strong employee engagement
    Employees see and experience technology at the ground level daily, so it is vital to make sure leadership and staff remain on the same page consistently when it comes to technology. When employees understand the organization’s vision and their valued role in realizing that vision, they can more easily understand each new technology and point out issues right away that can either prevent problems or facilitate more significant success.
  3. Commit to governance and best practices
    Leaders must know all policies, standards, regulations, and rules for which their organization is responsible, notes Tech Crunch. For instance, IT leaders in healthcare must understand all the requirements of HIPAA, as well as every update, and ensure compliance at all times. Governance and best practices also apply to the business’s policies and procedures to ensure internal success in standards and practices fulfillment.
  4. Strong relationships with the technology team
    Digital leadership may not fall under the heading of IT, but they must work closely with this group. Today’s top executives and organizational leaders must maintain a healthy and interactive relationship with their IT executives and other key team members in the department. The more each respective party learns the other’s language, the better they can work together to create and execute healthy strategies.
  5. Encourage and rely on teamwork
    Influential leaders lay out the map and set the tone for employees to adopt and encourage among themselves. When leadership creates this foundation in the digital landscape, they are likely to find employees reaching out to each other for basic troubleshooting and problem-solving. With this approach, leadership can keep looking toward the big picture and introducing new technologies and innovations to ready employees as they arise.

How Does Your Digital Leadership Team Shape Up?

Leadership in the modern digital landscape requires technology staff to wear many hats, navigating risks, and looking to the future. Without nurturing innovation, agility, and preparedness associated with strong leadership, the risk of disruption to a company’s business model could prove distressing, if not devastating.

Do you feel that your team is ready for the unpredictable tech landscape that lies ahead? Contact us so we can connect to make sure your leaders are ready for whatever lies over the digital horizon.

Duleep Pillai | Published on March 1, 2020

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