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Why a Robot Could be the Best Boss You've Ever Had


Designed with strong technical expertise and high intelligence, it’s not so far-fetched that the robots of the future could outperform human managers.

The good news for those hoping to automate leadership is that its scientific study is well-established.  Indeed, 100 years of academic research have enabled us to identify the key ingredients of leadership, so it is now possible to predict with a relatively high degree of accuracy whether someone will become a leader and how effectively they will lead if they get there. And once we are able to decode a phenomenon to break it down into its core components, then it is feasible to automate it.

In this blog, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Chief Talent Scientist at ManpowerGroup, writes about how different components of leadership could be automated within the next few decades, allowing robot leaders to start entering the working environment and beginning to outperform bad (or even average) human leaders.

Read the full article on The Guardian website.

About the Author

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is ManpowerGroup's Chief Innovation Officer. He joined ManpowerGroup in 2018 as Chief Talent Scientist, responsible for leading the Center of Excellence for Assessment and Analytics, developing data-driven solutions and insight to create new value for clients and candidates by driving predictable performance. Chamorro-Premuzic is passionate about leveraging people, analytics, and assessment to help individuals understand themselves better and companies better understand their people. He joined ManpowerGroup from Hogan Assessments, a world leader in personality assessment, leadership, and organizational effectiveness, where he was CEO. He is a Professor of Business Psychology at University College London and Visiting Professor at Columbia University in New York. A well-known international expert in business psychology, people analytics, and talent management, Chamorro-Premuzic has written 10 books and over 150 scientific papers on the psychology of talent, leadership, innovation, and AI. He has released three TED talks including two on the topic of his best-selling book, Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders (And How to Fix it). His work has been recognized by the American Psychological Association, the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Chamorro-Premuzic regularly speaks at high-profile events and shares his perspective in global media including the BBC, CNN, Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company. Tomas was born in Buenos Aires. He has spent most of his professional career in London and now lives in New York with his wife and two children.

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