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​Digital leadership: Kienbaum study reveals the skills managers need today

Digital transformation: Calling for change and communication skills

  • Digital leadership: These are the top-3 leadership skills required in the wake of digitalization
  • Only seven percent of companies use data analytics
  • Kienbaum study reveals the three key processes for HR professionals during digital transformation

Duesseldorf, 17 August 2015 HR professionals have a clear sense of what digital leadership can mean: In order to master the digital transformation, companies need leaders who can combine change management, communication, and networking skills without forgetting to appreciate the contributions of the individual employee on the ground, as a new study published by the Kienbaum consulting firm reveals.

“Digital leadership demands of executives to bring in their traditional management skills and add new leadership concepts: With all of the digital processes and business models that managers need to get their heads around, people and organizations remain the very core of modern leadership”, Walter Jochmann, Managing Director of Kienbaum Consultants International, explains. For the HR trend study, the consulting specialists at Kienbaum surveyed 187 leading HR professionals at Kienbaum’s traditional annual conference.

Digitalization: When leadership and cultural management come into their own
The HR professionals surveyed by Kienbaum point to three activities in HR management that will gain particular relevance in a period of digitalization: leadership and cultural management, organizational development and transformation management, and the digitalization of HR processes and systems. “Business would do well to give HR a key role if they want their digital transformation to succeed. Making convincing progress in these three areas with executive management at your side will be a herculean effort for everybody involved”, Hans-Werner Feick,  Managing Director at Kienbaum Management Consultants, emphasizes.

Digital solutions remain the poor relation at many companies
For many of the surveyed companies, the digital age has not yet fully begun: Only around seven percent of them use data analytics, putting the great benefits offered by big data out of reach for a large majority of businesses. Only one in five companies rely on cloud-based solutions to process or store their data with contemporary means. Hans-Werner Feick: “Digital transformation comes from the market and sows its seeds in people’s minds long before it takes root in processes and systems. At most businesses, the seedlings still remain buried in people’s heads – that is where we need to go to bring concepts and innovations out into organizational reality.”

Kienbaum. Inspiring. Different.

Kienbaum Consultants International is an HR and management consulting enterprise that puts people at the heart of its consulting portfolio. It is dedicated to moving people in organizations on their way to successful changes and transformations. Kienbaum actively supports its clients with executive search, human capital services, change and organization consulting, and communication services. Its interdisciplinary teams can draw on decades of consulting experience, intensive industry knowhow, and the practice-oriented research produced by Kienbaum’s dedicated research institute. Kienbaum was founded more than 70 years ago and is still being managed by the Kienbaum family and its managing partners. From its head offices in Cologne, Kienbaum operates offices in 18 countries across four continents.

Editor/Responsible for the contents: Saskia Leininger