Leadership in the Age of AI Report Released by Kearney and Egon Zehnder

Kearney, a global consultancy, collaborating with Egon Zehnder, the leadership advisory firm, to publish a report titled ‘Leadership in the Age of AI.’ The report delves into business leaders’ perspectives on the anticipated impact of AI on organizations and jobs, as well as their level of preparedness for this transformative change.

Organizations need to get ready for change One of the key findings of the Leadership in the age of AI report is that while 70 percent of business leaders believe their company will be disrupted by AI in the next five years, only 1 in 5 (20 percent) believe their organization is currently prepared for this disruption. The rapid growth of AI is a contributing factor to this, with 73 percent of those surveyed believing their preparations are limited by time, people, and money. Meanwhile, more than half (51 percent) believe that a lack of understanding around AI from leaders is contributing to the problem. On the flip side, of those who feel their organizations are prepared, 89 percent attribute this to their leadership team’s understanding of AI and its capabilities.

AI remains an opportunity if companies plan ahead Promisingly, the report found that 85 percent of business leaders still see AI as an opportunity for their organizations, with more than 90 percent seeing it as an opportunity for them personally within their roles. To take advantage, business leaders are getting preparations in order:

  • 49 percent are investing in infrastructure
  • 44 percent are building external partnerships
  • 39 percent are recruiting expert talent

Mirko Warschun, partner and member of European leadership team at Kearney said, “Interestingly, leaders believe that AI is going to disrupt their organization as a whole much more than their own day-to-day roles. Leaders can use their position to help their teams embrace the change that AI brings, and make sure their organizations are benefiting from it, rather than struggling to deal with it. Strong leadership will be vital to achieve this, as today’s report makes very clear.”

Alex Liu, managing partner and chairman at Kearney stated, “Given the widespread recognition that AI is going to be a disruptive force for most businesses, it is surprising that business leaders still feel that their organizations are unprepared for the changes to come. The report has shown that the prevailing sentiment among leaders when it comes to AI is optimism. The challenge now lies in translating this optimism into tangible action, ensuring both leaders and their teams are ready to overcome the challenges and embrace the opportunities that AI provides.”

Burcu Bicakci, partner at Egon Zehnder who leads T&C and AI in Southeast Asia, commented, “Organizations are likely to change drastically with new AI-enabled technologies—and soon. The report underscores the critical role of leadership in comprehending the impact of AI on their business and steering their organization accordingly. Although the pace of AI adoption has accelerated, it is never too late for leaders to devise a clear AI strategy that can guide their organization through this transformative phase and keep them ahead of the curve.”

Explore the full Leadership in the Age of AI report here.

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