As I contemplate the lessons I have learned throughout this course I keep going back to how reluctant I was to even take this class in the first place and how thankful I am that I actually did sign up for it. The reason why I was reluctant to take it was because I made the foolish assumption that I did not need, nor have a desire to embrace technology in my leadership. This sounds silly now two months later to say but it is how I felt at the time. Because my organization lags behind in technology I did not see the value add in taking a course on technology and leadership. I assumed that leading with technology were two separate and not connected items. One of the first articles that I read after I signed up for the class was an article about leadership in a digital world http://www.business2community.com/leadership/digital-leadership-leadership-digital-world-01100076#CKslwjAIHpyfCTE2.97. I read this because I wanted to try and gain a better understanding about how leadership has changed due to technology, and if I was being impacted by it even though I didn’t think I was.
Despite my initial thoughts about technology not impacting me in my work I now know better. Even though my organization does not embrace technology many of the concepts that leadership is adopting to lead through the digital age revolve around teamwork, flexibility, and communication. Despite these items always being around in the world of leadership, with the advent of technology they are more important than ever because of the manner in which the new generation of worker expects to be communicated with http://www.businessinsider.com/study-reveals-expectation-gap-between-managers-and-their-workers-2013-9. Despite the workers expectations, being open and available to change requires adaptation technologically. What has changed the most in my leadership style through this course is my understanding that I must be an adaptable leader http://firstround.com/review/the-adaptable-leader-is-the-new-holy-grail-become-one-hire-one/ and wiling to be more flexible if I want to succeed and lead successfully for many years to come. Being more adaptable means far more than embracing technology, which is important, but more importantly is the growth that I experienced knowing that in order to be successful as a leader I must lead through areas that I know little about, such as technology and be willing to learn about them and embrace the changes in the digital age.
A the class and this blog draw to a close I am left with the sinking feeling that in the digital age I must start to embrace technology and changes before it is too late, but is it already? Mark Zuckerberg has been quoted as saying that “young people are just smarter” and http://www.fastcompany.com/3051030/the-future-of-work/is-27-the-tech-worlds-new-middle-age and to an extent he may be right. People in my age group are viewed by many younger workers as being behind in the digital age and lacking the knowledge to be able to properly lead younger workers https://www.joanlloyd.com/HR-Issues/Older-workers,-younger-bosses—it-s-a-mix-that-ca.aspx. This disconnect between the generations seems to be growing because of the lack of adaptation to technology by many older leaders and workers http://www.forbes.com/sites/rogertrapp/2015/10/26/leaders-need-to-embrace-the-digital-revolution-but-be-wary-of-technologys-limitations/#39d42a153455. If I am going to be successful in the mid and later stages of my career I need to start to jump on the technology bandwagon and get with the times because I feel if I don’t I will be waving at it after it has run me over and left me in the dust.