Being a Digital Leader Has Never Been More Urgent

Being a Digital Leader Has Never Been More Urgent
June 6, 2020 Wharton Business School

When the Mosaic browser, with its consumer-friendly interface, was released to the world in 1993, most had no idea how radically this first foray into the internet era would transform our lives – both personally and professionally.  As humans, we are generally poor at detecting and acting on early signals of change. And as business leaders, we do not fare much better. Most companies were late to the party on PCs, eCommerce, Smartphones, digital payments, the sharing economy, Gig work, AI, and now virtual ways of working. And it’s not for lack of trying. Last year, companies spent nearly $1.2 trillion on digital transformation, according to research by International Data Corporation. Yet only 13% of leaders believe their organizations are truly ready to compete in the digital age.

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