Title: The Future of Leadership in the Age of AI
Author: Marin Ivezic and Luka Ivezic
The 21st century has seen mankind becoming increasingly reliant on technology that our forebears and ancestors would have found simply mind-boggling. Humans can now access information and communicate from around the world with the click of a button. Banking, customer service, and even some areas of entertainment are now being controlled via the internet and the use of artificial intelligence (AI). The Future of Leadership in the Age of AI by Marin and Luka Ivezic explores these changes, and its impact on how different areas of daily life will run in the future.
The book’s introduction starts with an exploration of the series of industrial revolutions that the world has already experienced. This laid down the groundwork and provided context for some of the assertions that would be made in the latter part of the book, essentially reinforcing the belief that to understand our future we need to look back on our past. The authors considered how manufacturing practices, employment, and even migration patterns changed with development and progress, finally culminating in the multi-faceted, complex, and fast-paced society that we all know today.
The authors also discussed three views: dystopian, utopian, and organic, which predicts what the future would look like should the trajectory of AI use continue on its current path. Proponents of each view vary in their opinions on the degree to which the growth of AI will disrupt human employment. Some of the views might come across as exaggerated, as if it had been lifted from a science fiction novel. However, the authors made an effort to present evidence to support or refute each view in a fair and impartial manner to allow readers to come to their own conclusion.
The book then explored the evolving responsibilities of leaders and managers as artificial intelligence starts to take over tasks that would once have required human intervention. It outlined the areas that leaders would need to focus on to better prepare their employees for the shift in skill set requirements. This section covered grounds that have already been thoroughly explored in other works on leadership. Concepts such as motivation, decision-making, and delegation are nothing new to experienced leaders and managers, and the book lost some of its momentum at this point. However, the authors did make an effort to present this in a new light and within the context of increasing AI proficiency.
The authors made use of examples that were familiar, in some instances even instantly recognisable. In discussing how AI is now able to discern user preferences without human input, the authors explained how Netflix and Amazon utilizes data from viewing and buying patterns to influence future purchases. This, together with the engaging writing style and the easy conversational tone of the prose, turned the book into a piece of work that can be enjoyed by the general public, regardless of whether they have any leadership experience or not.
This well-researched work paints a picture of a future where humans would need to adapt and work with technology or risk becoming obsolete. It is a thought-provoking examination of a landscape that is continuously being reshaped by the growth of technology and artificial intelligence. Packed with convincing arguments and fraught with urgency, it is sure to galvanize leaders and managers into action to ensure that human beings remain at the forefront of progress and change.
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