Leadership in The Digital Age

Leadership in The Digital Age

Renaissance of The Renaissance Man

Niklas Hageback


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This is a book for anyone intrigued by the complexities of digital leadership that require a capability to constantly balance the routines of everyday business with the ability to innovate.

Finding the appropriate mix between the dichotomy stability—flexibility has been a delicate task that few, if any, corporations have properly managed to overcome. Why is that?

This conundrum becomes acute as businesses embark on digital transformations, an often-painful venture highlighting the deficiencies of traditional management styles but also agile methodologies. They deliver results that are far below initial expectations, provide half-baked digital solutions where potential commercial gains are poorly captured and leveraged, and, far too often, not even identified.

Mismatches between technologies, the man-machine (dis)connect, or organizational dysfunctionality are typically identified as root causes, but beneath them lurks a more scathing problem: an inadequate leadership. This inadequacy rests on a lack of holistic insights backed by well-rounded skills and sets of knowledge that are required to understand all aspects of a digital transformation, as well as its participants from employees to customers.

Thus, what is needed is a modern take of the Renaissance Man.


Niklas Hageback:
Niklas Hageback is a seasoned project manager/change leader with an expertise in agile methodologies. He has held regional executive management and project oversight roles at banks, including Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and Goldman Sachs in Asia and Europe, where he was in charge of a number of complex region wide digital transformation and risk management initiatives. More recently, he has done extensive work in artificial intelligence, notably machine learning. He is previously published with bestsellers including The Mystery of Market Movements: An Archetypal Approach to Investment Forecasting and Modelling (2014), The Virtual Mind: Designing the Logic to Approximate Human Thinking (2017), and The Death Drive—Why Societies Self-Destruct (2020).