Build Agile Leaders By Building An Intelligent Enterprise

Gerd Ehrhardt

There are a few elements that major, successful enterprises share. Sure, they all start off with a strong idea, experience, and dedication. But after that good idea is developed, once the experience has allowed for a team of professionals, and after you put in that dedication, what elements turn your company into an enterprise that is successful and continues to grow instead of stagnating?

An intelligent enterprise

Experience, intelligence, and operations: these three pieces combined will create an intelligent enterprise that is made to last.

The intelligent enterprise will build a team of experienced professionals, make intelligence a driving factor and foundation of every choice, and operate at a higher level. One major element of an intelligent operation is that it enables a next-generation model. Intelligent enterprises do not base operations on what’s popular or common now; they look to the future to stay ahead of the game. The intelligent enterprise is thinking ahead to make use of the next generation’s technology. Don’t get bogged down in the past or even the present. Look to the future and your company will grow.

Building agile leaders

The beauty of this model is that a huge part of the work is already done. Employees that find themselves part of an intelligent enterprise are already on the path to becoming agile leaders. The hard part is done – you have built an atmosphere that will organically foster positive growth and transformation from follower to leader.

But what are the benefits of an organization made up of agile leaders? One study found that the impact of good leadership ripples throughout the entire organization. High morale, strong retention rates, and long-term success become possible through agile leadership. Employees following agile leaders become intrinsically motivated to succeed. They see strong leaders and are inspired to follow in their footsteps. Conversely, weak leadership also ripples throughout an entire organization, but negatively. Lack of communication, rumor mills, pointless office politics, and uncertainty become common in companies with poor leadership.

Agile leaders blossom in an operating culture of hard work, experience, and intelligent operations. One way to quickly gain experience: Work with a business technology platform that helps your organization anticipate the needs of your employees and customers, predicts actions and trends, and works with you to improve your brand.

To quickly gain intelligence, make use of current technologies. We’re in the era of the smartphone, the smartwatch, and even the smart fridge. Make your company smart, as well.

In terms of operations, inject intelligence into all of your operations. Make integration and flexibility the name of the game. Always be pushing so that intelligence is found in every stage of your enterprise. For more help creating an intelligent enterprise that naturally fosters agile leaders, watch my video.

As you walk the path towards an intelligent enterprise, make agile leadership a focus. The impact that good leadership will have on your employees, office culture, atmosphere, and success cannot be understated. Stay ahead of the game through next-generation-enabling technology, embed intelligent operations into all that you do, and agile leaders will follow. Your entire enterprise will be the better for it.

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About Dr. Gerd Ehrhardt

Dr. Gerd Ehrhardt has a proven record of multiyear and multilevel experience in transformation management. He has spent most of his career in an international environment within the software industry. Gerd has lived and worked in many countries on three continents, these include Germany, France, the USA, Singapore, and Jordan. He works at SAP, writes for the Forbes Magazine, the SAP News Center and contributes to the World Economic Forum Agenda. Please follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn