​Leadership, Artificial Intelligence and The Need to Redefine Future Skills Development.


​Leadership and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are directly related, as it is through the actions of leaders that AI is funded, designed and created. There is a tendency to consider the negative aspects of AI, as noted in McDermott (2007), where the challenges of the unknown are marginalised. Rather than to challenge the efficacy and potential of AI, this paper considers that learning and development are key to ensuring that future leaders are developed to understand AI, develop strategic objectives which include the interrelated functions of technology, knowledge management and the AI that it initiates. In addition to this, leaders are required to develop opportunities that do not create challenges between humans and AI in the form of work, or the loss of potential work by the human form. The focus on qualifications, linked specifically to the term leadership, have been developed like a Master’s in Business Leadership, at the University of South Africa, to help differentiate the focus on business administration to the focus on skills required of leaders. The evolution of artificial intelligence has resulted in the need to establish alignment of artificial intelligence to various avenues of life and that of Leadership in an Artificial Intelligence based economy.  Training Leaders therefore is primary, and a curriculum should be developed that provides the tools to ensure the ongoing efficacy of AI engagement. The potential curriculum and programme is explored for Leaders in such a way as to engage in the positive based future of AI.

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Presented at:

​​14th European Conference on Management Leadership and Governance (ECMLG2018), Utrecht