Digital transformation does not only mean a fundamental change in work processes. Many companies are faced with the need to make changes in corporate culture, as well as hire specialists who can take the reins in the field of digitalization.
However, at the same time, many companies understand that even now, when digital transformation is taking place in many companies, there is an acute shortage of specialists who not only understand all the technical intricacies of processes but are also able to lead a team.
In this article, we will talk about the fact that on the path to digital transformation, companies must not only make changes to work processes, but also contribute to the training of specialists who can take the lead in this process.
Changes in corporate education
Transformations regarding the introduction of digital technologies cannot be carried out by people who do not understand anything in this area. There is no doubt that the majority of company leaders have realized that the level of digital skills is as low as possible not only in society but also in specific enterprises. We are also seeing how digital transformation is becoming unavailable since there is an acute shortage of specialists capable of creating digital transformation.
Because of this, the path of change takes many years, while companies incur significant losses that could have been avoided if they bolster competitive advantage with IT solutions.
Many managers understand that it is necessary to fill this gap by training their specialists. We are talking not only about improving the skills of individual employees but about training and creating full-fledged teams, among which there will be leaders who will control work processes, as well as specialists who will create the core for digital transformation.
Managers understand that there is no need to recruit new people to the team who will take care of this process since the team has specialists who could do this work, but they lack additional education and qualifications in this area. You can also coordinate the work of leaders and managers who will monitor deadlines, work performed, and other circumstances. However, again, it is necessary to have skills and knowledge in this field of activity. In this regard, there is a need to provide specialists with retraining in a promising specialty.
What does a leader at the head of digital transformation look like?
Specialists with a technical mindset, understanding the intricacies of the transformation process, are unlikely to be able to organize the work of subordinates and monitor the implementation of tasks and the creation of digital products. A leader in this field, as in any other, must have soft skills to be able to interact with other team members. Without effective communication, even with a team of geniuses, it is unlikely that you will be able to produce and create a digital transformation.
First of all, the team leader must be able to listen and understand. He must have high emotional intelligence to lead the rest of the specialists. Understanding that human needs come first and technologies that satisfy needs come second is a fundamental quality for digital transformation leaders.
If we do not take this moment into account, then we will see how technology comes to the fore, and everyone around is forced to surrender.
Thus, it can be concluded that the best candidates for the role of the head of the digital transformation department will be the heads or directors of IT departments or companies. They are not only able to understand what internal changes are taking place in the processes, but they also have experience in coordinating the actions of team members.
Digital transformation is impossible without the presence of people who understand digital technologies. However, one person is not enough to carry out this process. Here we need a team that will be led by a leader. Companies should make appropriate changes to the corporate culture and promote the training and development of their specialists in this area.