Business Talk – Microsoft’s Lillian Barnard on how to lead in the new workplace

Microsoft South Africa CEO Lillian Barnard is one of the country’s leading technology executives and has built a highly-skilled team around her.

Barnard has over 20 years of experience in the ICT industry and has held various senior executive positions – both locally and abroad.

She joined Microsoft in May 2017 as public sector director and was appointed as MD of Microsoft South Africa in March 2019.

Barnard has been a key player in re-igniting the South African chapter of [email protected] and developing a culture that encourages gender equality in the workplace.

In this Business Talk interview, Barnard discusses how technology has transformed leadership over the past two years.

She explains how the workplace has changed during this time, with leaders needing to build hybrid environments to suit the changing needs of their employees.

Barnard contextualises this by highlighting key findings from Microsoft’s Work Reworked research.

The executive points to how leaders can approach some of the challenges posed by the return to the workplace, or the adoption of a hybrid working approach.

Barnard also discusses how leaders can continue to empower their workforce and ensure that transformation remains a priority – regardless of the challenges that the new way of working brings.

The full interview with Lillian Barnard can be watched below.

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Business Talk – Microsoft’s Lillian Barnard on how to lead in the new workplace