There’s a lot of talk about Artificial Intelligence today. Some good, but mostly spelling disaster for the future workforce members. But what about Artificial Intelligence (AI) when it comes to leadership… Can there be ? Can we look forward to a future of AI enabled leaders that actually lead the charge in business situations? In this post, we’ll explore the Artificial Intelligence Leader… Enjoy!
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The History of Artificial Intelligence
An artificial intelligence or a self-driving car may seem like science fiction today, but its creator, Albert Perrie, was actually one of the most successful and influential venture capitalists of his time. A few decades ago, he invested heavily in what we know today as search engine technology. Today, Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other search engine’s power much of our online activity. For those who are interested in applying AI to strategic business decision making, there are many books, classes, and websites teaching the fundamentals.
But if you ask an intelligent designer if he is a leader, he will tell you that he is not. He may point out that he is the product of his own success: a highly creative entrepreneur who understands the concept of leveraging natural intelligence to achieve a highly productive strategy. If you ask him what he thinks about being called an artificial intelligence leader, he might tell you that such a title implies that he is some sort of leader. However, he will explain that leadership is much more than badges of accomplishment.
Can Artificial Intelligence Replace Leadership?
Leadership involves the ability to act with confidence in the face of uncertainty and the ability to see the big picture. In fact, Perrie points out, it is much harder to execute a plan against an opponent who can see much more into the future than you can. Without the ability to see the big picture, you’re much more likely to make tactical errors which can snowball into larger mistakes. Therefore, if you want to call yourself a leader, then you need to be able to execute a strategically perfect plan.
The AI Leadership Strategy
So, if Perrie is calling himself such a leader, why does he believe that it’s necessary for entrepreneurs to have a solid strategy? It seems that Perrie believes that most of the so-called smart strategy consultants simply don’t understand the concepts behind strategic thinking. He contends that their strategies don’t fully address issues of implementation, which he says is often the true source of failure. The bottom line, then, is not how a strategy is executed but how it is implemented. Only by implementing the best artificial intelligence strategy can artificial intelligence be truly intelligent.
The AI Leadership Execution Model
This may sound like a very fanciful argument. Even though Perrie is quite forthright in his criticism of the way many strategic consultants approach business, many other experts in the field disagree with his assessment. For instance, Lawrence Summers, Harvard professor emeritus, says that it is not necessary to have a good, detailed strategy in order to be a good entrepreneur. Summers told reporters recently that most entrepreneurs were “clueless about what makes a company profitable.” Many people believe that only the most sophisticated technology firms have the intelligence necessary to be successful. While Perrie agrees that the technology needed to implement artificial intelligence strategies is needed, he argues that it can be built using common sense, market research, and experience rather than following a complex, predetermined plan.
If you are the Artificial Intelligence leader? You need to be more open-minded, creative, and flexible. Be willing to try new approaches and innovative tactics. Don’t be afraid to take risks and to try new technologies. If you have the characteristics described above, you are a strong potential Artificial Intelligence leader.