Developing future leaders to meet complex challenges in the highly disruptive, digital, VUCA-driven World.




A company’s leadership pipeline is expected to deliver its “next generation” of leaders who are capable of leading now. The payoff is a supply of leadership talent that simultaneously achieves targets, strengthens and protects ethical reputation, and navigates transformational change in pursuit of a bright, competitive future. It is evident that conventional leadership development practices are no longer adequate. Organizations globally need to incorporate the next generation leadership competencies in order to address the development needs of their rising leaders. This expanded group of upcoming leaders need to have a broader skillset, one that equips them to think and act globally in a highly disruptive, digital and VUCA-driven era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (also known as Industry 4.0).


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Sattar Bawany (2019)

Transforming the Next Generation of Leaders: Developing Future Leaders for a Disruptive, Digital-Driven Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).

Business Expert Press (BEP) LLC, New York, NY. ISBN-13: 978-1-94944-304-2


To ensure their readiness toward digital business transformation, most organizations would deploy state-of-the-art technology. But do they have a relevant structure and the right talent in place? Will they be equipped to attract, develop, and retain digital talent? Do they know what it takes to lead in a digital era which is expected to be more intense in the coming years? These are questions that many, if not all, organizations are grappling with as they seek to succeed in developing their next generation (future) leaders in the digital-driven era of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” (also known as Industry 4.0).

Organization and leadership transformation is expected to continue in the near future in view of the insurmountable challenges posed by a highly disruptive, digital and VUCA-driven Industry 4.0[1].

The presentation will include the latest findings of the research and best practices published in the book “Transforming NextGen Leaders: Meeting the Leadership Challenges in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0)” which focuses on the managing the organizational and leadership challenges in leading the current digital transformation which underpins Industry 4.0. This new normal has ushered in a different business environment which is fast, open and responsive impacting every aspect of the business operations.

In this new normal, what is needed for leaders is the suite of Cognitive Readiness competencies which includes the mental, emotional, and interpersonal preparedness for uncertainty and risk to handle the situation at hand that is highly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.

This session aims to provide the participants with the following:

  • Leaving the session with a renewed sense of energy as time out from the day-to-day gives them space and freedom to think and self-reflect as a leader in today’s highly disruptive, digital and VUCA-driven era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Develop an understanding of the best practices and contemporary approaches to the identification, assessment, selection, and development of future leaders of an organization with a focus on executive and transition coaching as a development tool.
  • Review the suite of next-generation leadership competencies including cognitive readiness in leading and engaging effective team’s success in this digital-driven workplace.

[1] Sattar Bawany (2019) Transforming the Next Generation of Leaders: Developing Future Leaders for a Disruptive, Digital-Driven Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).  Business Expert Press (BEP) LLC, New York, NY. ISBN-13: 978-1-94944-304-2


Keynote Speaker’s Profile – Prof Sattar Bawany, CMEC

Prof Sattar Bawany is the Chief Executive Officer & C-Suite Master Executive Coach of the Centre for Executive Education (CEE Global).

He is also a Senior Consultant with Performance Works International (PWI).

Prof Bawany is concurrently the Managing Director of Executive Development Associates (EDA) Inc. in the Asia Pacific region.

He is currently the Adjunct Professor of Organisational Leadership with Curtin Graduate School of Business (CGSB) and a member of the International Advisory Board of Curtin University. He is also the Adjunct Professor of Strategy with the Paris Graduate School of Management (PGSM).

Prof Bawany is an Adjunct Faculty of Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning who partners with clients to create world-class leadership development solutions for managers at all levels in global organizations and governments. Read More ►


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