Leadership skills for a high-tech economy in Europe – book chapter submitted

Brussels and Washington - In the aftermath of the T-Summit event in Washington DC (http://tsummit.org/) on 21 - 22 March 2016

Brussels and Washington - In the aftermath of the T-Summit event in Washington DC (http://tsummit.org/) on 21 - 22 March 2016 the partners in the European e-leadership initiative submitted a book chapter (http://www.issip.org/category/t-summit/) in which the current situation of e-leadership skills with respect to quantification of e-leaders, forecasting their number until 2020, the situation in the EU Member States including a benchmarking based on an e-leadership scoreboard and index and the relevant policies and their emergence and development from 2009 onwards. The book will be ready for publication later in 2016.

Since 2014 the T-Summit is promoting ‘T-shaped’ professionals as the ‘future ready’ adaptive innovators. In Europe the T-shape metaphor is also used by industry and the European Commission, for example to describe ICT professionals and the individuals with the skills needed to initiate and achieve digital and other types of innovation whereby the T-shaped professional is called ‘e-leader’. E-leaders are those with e-leadership skills, i.e. people with the skills for innovation which include the combination of strategic leadership skills, and high levels of business and digital savviness of an individual.

The book chapter submitted provides a quantification of the T-shaped professionals in Europe today and a forecast for 2020. It presents an e-leadership index developed based on data from a scoreboard from 2015 to demonstrate the propensity to e-leadership and the likelihood of European countries to succeed in creating the sufficient number of T-shaped professionals coming up with the necessary skills for innovation across Europe. Finally it describes the policy activity levels in this area at European and EU Member State level thereby showing the huge variation of activities across Europe. It ends with some first conclusions.


A service contract has been awarded in December 2013 by the European Commission to a consortium led by empirica to undertake this work.

The event is supported by the EC in the scope of the service contract to promote e-leadership in Europe (LEAD)