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DIGITAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME: Can a Chatbot be a Leader?

Birmingham Future and the University of Birmingham, are launching a new Digital Leadership Programme to help emerging leaders in professional services understand and address some of the key challenges in the digital age.

Applications

Applications for the Digital Leadership Programme, in partnership with the University of Birmingham, open on 10th June 2019. The programme runs from September 2019 to July 2020. Applications close: 5pm Monday 1st July.

How to apply:

You can download our application form here and email the completed form to hello@bpsbirmingham.co.uk

Course content

Birmingham Future is committed to help young professionals grow, both professionally and personally by building upon their existing bank of skills.

The Digital Leadership Programme, in partnership with the University of Birmingham, provides our members the opportunity to equip themselves with the skills and knowledge to be effective in a rapidly changing world where not only the answers, but also the questions are unknown.

The programme will draw on expertise from across the University as well as senior business leaders from across the region, and will focus on the potential of digitisation and technology and the resulting changing nature of leadership. This is not a programme where you will learn how to code or the intricacies of AI programmes – it is about learning to lead by understanding and utilising digital tools.

The programme takes place over a series of evenings (6pm – 8pm) held at the University of Birmingham and a number of other city-centre locations.

The course is designed specifically for emerging leaders with an interest in digitisation and technology and the resulting changing nature of leadership.

There will also be additional self-reflective learning and development for participants to complete in their own time. Leading academics such as Professor Kiran Trehan, Catherine Mangan and Dr Tom Chothia will contribute to this programme alongside regional and national industry leaders drawn from the University’s extensive business engagement networks.

The programme is underpinned by the need for adaptive leadership within a ‘VUCA’ world (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) which calls for a different style of leadership from that of the past. For example, the world of work is changing; leaders at the top of organisations may view the concepts of leadership and digitisation in a fundamentally different way from those joining their organisations.

Programme topics  

  • Digital 101 – what digital tools are the most prevalent in the workplace, what are the most useful, what is on the horizon?
  • Cyber security and Blockchain 101 – what are the basics of cyber security and ‘new’ technologies, what do organisations need to know about how they are developed, what is next?
  • Digital Ethics – how do we design digital systems, processes and products which are ethical? Do we need humans in the loop, and if so, where?
  • AI and human interaction – how do we develop systems where AI and humans interact for good?
  • Leading change in digital ambiguity – how do we lead when the pace of digital change is so high?
  • Neuroscience and change – how do our brains process the digital landscape, a short neuroscience grounding in how our brains work
  • Digital communications – what methods of digital communication are most effective in particular situations, what lessons can be learned from current best practice?
  • New business models – how have recent digital and technological developments affected long-standing business models, what is the role of disruptors and are they here to stay?
  • The digital skills landscape and its effect on productivity – where are the digital skills gaps, how do we solve them, what effect is and could this have on productivity?
  • Inclusive digital and diversity – how can digital positively affect diversity and inclusivity in the workplace?
  • Leadership lessons – what does all of this mean for leadership, what is digital leadership and what lessons have been learned?

The golden thread throughout the sessions will be these questions:

  • How do current leaders see their role changing?
  • How is leadership practice changing to reflect the use of digital technology?
  • How do we support and develop effective digital leaders in this future space?

Overview of the programme

The Digital Leadership Programme will begin in September 2019 with a cohort of 20 emerging leaders with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in professional services.

The programme will run over 12 months with one learning workshop per month delivered by a UoB academic and a senior professional working in the area. There will also be additional self-reflective learning and development for participants to complete in their own time.

Those who complete the programme will receive a certificate and join a Digital Leadership Programme alumni network, supported by BPS Birmingham and the University of Birmingham; following completion there will be a celebratory dinner for all participants and trainers.

If you have any queries regarding the application form, please email katie@bpsbirmingham.co.uk