The role of the Chief Information Officer has grown over the years. The disruptive potential of artificial intelligence, Internet of things and rapidly developing robotics technologies mean the role should become even high profile and strategic. CIOs at large enterprises must be prepared to play a more central role in their organization.\nThey key to successful leadership in the digital age is to accept and embrace the changes and improvements that new technology brings. Leaders are not immune to AI technology. As these technologies are integrated into the workplace, their role will change just like everyone else\u2019s in the organization. That\u2019s why it\u2019s important to be prepared and ready for the new reality.\nRelying on the strength of others\nPost-war, 1940s and 1950s managers adopted military-style, top-down leadership styles and expected deference to authority. They knew what was best for the organization and often paid little attention to the skills of others when making decisions.\nThat type of thinking has gone the way of the dinosaurs. Today\u2019s leaders at large enterprises have to rely on the expertise of their employees, as the world of business is simply too complex for everyone to have all the answers.\nCounting on the expert knowledge of other team members is even more crucial for the modern CIO. Information technology tools are constantly changing and advancing with the introduction of AI systems. A good CIO is well aware that junior members of the team may have vital expertise and they\u2019re ready to put these skills to work for the overall benefit of the organization.\nResponding to a changing environment\nIn decades gone by leaders stubbornly stuck with a course of action even when it may not have been in the best interests of their organization. They believed this showed resolute leadership and strength. The results were often disastrous. Fortunately, this type of thinking has been purged from most modern organizations.\nNo leader in an organization must be more willing to adapt to change than the CIO. The rapid expansion of AI technology in the workplace is creating an ever-changing environment for IT departments. Their role in the organization is more important than ever and they must be ready to respond to new realities if their organization is going to survive.\nThe AI revolution is not about providing tools to workers any more, it is about creating a new type of organization. The role model to follow is Amazon who has, so far, been able to apply its formula of automation plus innovation plus data-driven everything to seemingly unrelated business problems.\nFor a technology organization to fully realize the benefits of these technologies, it will require greater insights into the organization than ever before. But these wont all come from machine learning and analytics on big datasets. Employees and leaders from all corners of the enterprise hold in their heads critical information and CIOs need to be visible, collaborative evangelists for integrating that know-how into systems.\nIt isn\u2019t always easy to respond quickly to change \u2013 especially when it contradicts the prevailing wisdom in place. The CIO can\u2019t be worried about their own pride \u2013 they have to be willing to do whatever is best for the overall goals of the organization and rally converts from other business disciplines and organizations. We\u2019re only just beginning to grasp how AI may change the workplace of the future. There\u2019s little doubt that a lot more change is in the cards.\nIn it for the long term\nAgility is not at odds with the critical need for a vision for the enterprise. Companies can and should have long-term goals. The Chief Information Officer just must be willing to use every tool at their disposal to get there, knowing that technology will evolve while you implement it. That\u2019s the only way the modern business enterprise can succeed.\nConstant change is the new norm. Emerging technologies like AI may look very different in a few years. The reality is we can\u2019t be sure exactly what that will mean for the organization, but we can be sure it will be important. That won\u2019t change the future vision of the company.\nTechnological innovators such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs had clear vision for their companies, but that doesn\u2019t mean they knew the exact path that would get them there. They were ready for change and they embraced it.\nInvolving everyone\nThere are going to be challenges along the way. The modern role of the CIO is of vital importance to the organization and that can create a stressful environment. Change is never easy, especially as job destructions continues to accelerate. Business fiefdoms will collapse as the dynamic of how business is conducted is rebuilt and it will be the CIOs job to help keep people at all levels on board. The important thing is to keep everyone involved in the process. AI technology can help with this.\nMachine learning programs can be used to constantly poll and evaluate key performance indictors including the signs of employee engagement and productivity. This will allow leaders to stay in tune with their organization and make adjustments when necessary. Instead of reducing the role of human employees, AI technology can actually give them a greater influence on a company\u2019s direction and growth.