In January of 2013 Germany heralded a new era in a memo describing “Industrie 4.0,” or what we now term, the “ 4th Industrial Revolution .” Countries currently leading the Fourth Industrial Revolution are:
Much research and data is emerging concerning Industry 4.0 in terms of what it is, its benefits, challenges, and threats. There are four key characteristics of Industry 4.0, Vertical Integration, Horizontal Integration, Through Engineering, and Technology Integration. If Industry 4.0 is marked by integration, should Leadership 4.0 also be marked by integration? We discuss this further in the next section: “Leadership in Industry 4.0
In this article I focus primarily on the type of leadership needed to thrive in Industry 4.0, what we shall term “Leadership 4.0.” Paradoxically Leadership 4.0 is much less about technical savvy, and much more about the soft-skills than one would initially imagine as necessary to thrive in Industry 4.0.
Leadership in Industry 4.0
In our book Visionary Leadership in a Turbulent World: Thriving in the New VUCA Context we discuss at length the various mindsets and skill sets required by leadership to thrive in Turbulent environments. Many of these skill sets and mindsets support effective leadership in Industry 4.0. In our newly released book: “Exceptional Leadership by Design: How Organizations Design for Great Leadership,” we discuss how organizations can design for great leadership within the context of Industry 4.0.
For now, I highlight some essential shifts that organizational leadership must contemplate in order to thrive in Industry 4.0. I present the following diagram as the framework for this discussion around Leadership 4.0.
As we think about Leadership 4.0 in Industry 4.0, I list the following key shifts that need to occur in leadership mindsets, and skillsets to enable organizations to thrive in this new context:
Conclusion and Invitation to Join the Discussion
There is so much more to unpack and discuss around this important topic. To facilitate that discussion we invite you to join us at our live event in person or virtually: “Effective Leadership in Industry 4.0” Four of our Expert Consultants will facilitate presentations, discussions, and case studies around developing leadership for Industry 4.0.
Alternatively, I encourage you access any of the following resources to strengthen your leadership for industry 4.0: