e-Leaders are people capable of driving successful digital transformation and innovation, and capitalizing on advances in information and communication technologies. Sufficient supply of e-leadership skills to the economy is believed to foster economic growth and create jobs through its key role in identifying and exploiting innovation opportunities.
e-Leadership skills include the competences which enable an individual to initiate and guide ICT-related innovation at all levels of enterprise, from the start-up to the largest of corporations, from private to public. e-Leaders are both business and digitally savvy, and exhibit a capability to lead strategically. They might be ICT leaders who are also business-savvy or business leaders who are digitally-savvy.
e-Leadership involves leading and managing e-skilled professionals as well as other professionals through disruptive shifts that go far beyond manufacturing and economic implications of Industry 4.0 and refer to a systemic corporate, social and institutional transformation that we call the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The digital age has created the need for a new paradigm in business skills formation and for learning that of learning to learn. In order to integrate management and technology, learning to learn also implies learning to unlearn past managerial theories and practices that are no longer appropriate and may even be destructive to organizations. Many of these practices, evolving from business principles created in the eighties and earlier, are still the subject of most management schools and classical MBA programs.