Navigating the Future: AI as the Next Frontier for Leadership Innovation

By: The Humphrey Group

We sat down with Anya Wood, our Vice President, to talk about the next great technological change affecting workplaces everywhere: Artificial Intelligence (AI).

In her career, Anya has always been drawn to the kind of technology that doesn’t just look good on paper, but actually makes a real impact on workplaces. Her approach has always been that if it doesn't make our jobs easier, our insights deeper, or our impact stronger, it isn’t needed.

Now, with the emergence of AI and its immense potential, she sees a clear opportunity for leaders to step up. In fact, she believes doing so will be critical for leaders as AI is fast becoming an indispensable tool for driving efficiency, innovation, and competitive advantage. Recognizing this, The Humphrey Group has integrated AI into our leadership training programs, creating tools like ELI, our AI communication coach, to help leaders enhance their skills in impactful ways.


Technology in Leadership Training

After completing a master’s degree in distance education technology, Anya spent time at several large organizations where she led them to be early adopters of Learning Management Systems (LMS) and eLearning. During this time, she saw how strategic implementation of new technologies could not only revolutionize training and development, but entire industries. This experience has been instrumental in shaping The Humphrey Group’s approach to integrating AI tools like ELI into our leadership training.

Today we are again at the beginning of one of the greatest technological shifts of our lifetime with AI. In much the same way that LMS once did for learning, AI is emerging as the next indispensable tool for leaders. As it reshapes the working landscape, a readiness to adopt and adapt will be what separates the trailblazers from the rest.


Leveraging AI for Effective Leadership

Anya shared several key ways in which AI can be leveraged to advance leadership practices:

  • Streamline work. AI acts powerfully behind the scenes by handling the repetitive, time-consuming tasks for you. This means leaders will be freed up to focus on their teams’ needs, as well as the larger, strategic picture. Who wouldn’t want to waste less time and do more, without making life harder for their teams?
  • Make smarter decisions. AI can turn mountains of data into clear insights – quickly. Leaders will be able to make fast, well-informed choices and spot future challenges or opportunities in a way that was not previously possible, all while ensuring no important details are missed.
  • Stay competitive. Leaders who adopt AI can do better at predicting market changes, making key decisions in real-time, and providing new and creative ways to solve problems or improve processes.

These are just a few of her examples for how AI will not only support, but be a key driver of workplace efficiency and innovation. It’s clear to see why AI meets Anya’s checklist for not only being innovative but also impactful.


Advice for Navigating AI

Learning something new of this magnitude may seem daunting at first. Anya suggests a good first step is to simply understand AI's capabilities and potential. Those willing to learn and adapt will find themselves at the forefront of a new era, guiding their organizations into a future where technology will have a tremendous impact on the way we work.

Anya also points out that great leaders understand where technology ends, and the “human” begins. While it's true that AI will automate certain tasks, it’s important to recognize that it creates new opportunities for innovation and roles that we can't yet imagine. For many of us, AI will become a tool that enhances our work – rather than a replacement. In that way, AI will require us to focus on uniquely human skills like creativity, empathy, and strategic thinking. Anya’s perspective underscores the importance of leveraging AI, not only as a tool for innovation but as a catalyst for enhancing the human qualities that are essential to leadership. As we navigate this transition to AI-enhanced workplaces, the key will be continuous learning and adaptation.



At The Humphrey Group, we're committed to equipping leaders with the knowledge and tools they need to navigate the future of work. Our AI communication coach, ELI, stands as a prime example of this, embodying the magic between our proven leadership methodology and the efficiency of AI.

With ELI, you gain personalized feedback and judgement-free advice to help you best showcase your leadership. To learn more about ELI, click here.