Leadership is an essential factor for any successful business transformation. Great leaders are able to make effective decisions quickly, helping to save time, capital, and other resources. They must set the vision, articulate the strategy, and motivate the organization to accept change. Leaders must create a culture that encourages innovation, experimentation, and learning.
They must be willing to take risks and learn from mistakes. And they must provide the necessary resources, support, and training for the organization to succeed. One of the main ways that leaders can increase the chances of success is to form an internal team with a mandate to sustain change. This is not a role that can be incorporated into the current responsibilities of the organization's senior leaders. Leaders are likely to have an important role to play in helping the organization stay focused on these overall objectives.
Organizations that are ready for digital transformation may not need the leader to be deeply involved in daily transformation activities, but they may have a clear need for leadership in terms of strategy, innovation, and growth. With the right leadership, digital transformation can be a powerful tool to drive growth, innovation, and competitive advantage. Leaders can help clear the path to success and empower their people to overcome silos and the status quo. The main success factor will be total acceptance and trust in the strategy by the entire organization. Organizational leaders must play an active role in designing and communicating change to both managers and employees. They can continuously assess whether the business model should change and how digital technology can help a larger strategy.
As the digital vision becomes more ambitious, the participation of leaders should also increase, especially if the organization is not ready for change. Solving these problems during the pilot program is a great way to improve the chances of success when implementing change on a large scale.