Does artificial intelligence require more intelligent leadership?


With automation and robotics technology comes obvious advantages and fantastic future perspectives. But the development is happening so explosively that the consequences can be difficult to foresee.

How do we equip ourselves to lead in a landscape where machines become a natural part of the workforce, and the demands on our understanding of technology grow in line with the need for human empathy?

10 key principles for leading in an AI-driven era

Ten examples of a world where AI becomes an integral part of the leadership task. Where algorithm leadership is no longer for the chosen few, but a necessity for all:

1. Understand the potential of AI: AI can be used for more than improving and streamlining current processes. It is not enough to simply copy the old formulas and processes. Use AI to produce completely novel solutions.

2. Data-driven decision making: AI can be used to collect and analyse substantial amounts of data for better decision support. Businesses must invest in establishing proper data structure and management to ensure quality and availability of data for the AI systems.

3. Changing work processes: AI can automate many tasks and processes, which can lead to changes in how work tasks are performed. It may require restructuring of work processes, in some places a completely new company culture and redistribution of responsibilities.

4. Education and capacity building: AI requires AI expertise. It will require training and competence building in all types of organizations. And forget about only sending the IT department and a couple of super users to take a course. The expertise must be spread throughout the organization.

5. Ethics: Organizational changes must also include an ethical framework for the use of AI. It involves defining guidelines and policies for responsible and ethical use of the technology. As a leader, you have the responsibility to ensure that AI is used in a way that not only complies with laws and regulations but also in a morally and ethically sound way.

6. Innovation: AI can be used as a source of innovation. To explore new business models and completely new sales opportunities and products for which the technology provides the basis.

7. SMEs: Even small businesses can benefit from AI. Cloud-based services and AI platforms are more accessible than ever. But it still requires a strategic approach and targeted leadership. The small businesses that master AI can join the competition more quickly on an equal footing with the larger players.

8. Changing organizational culture: The implementation of AI can change the way the company makes decisions. It may require a change in organizational culture to promote data-driven decision-making and experimental approaches.

9. Strategic adaptation: The implementation of AI requires an updated or revised   company strategy. This may include identifying new business opportunities, improving the competitive position, and revising goals and metrics.

10. The board must be onboard: It is no use that only the management of the company or organization throws itself into becoming AI-savvy. This should also include the boards of directors. AI is becoming a decisive strategic factor in all types of organizations, and the investment in and handling of the new technologies is an important matter for the board members.

Read more on VL’s Annual Theme 2023/2024:

Does artificial intelligence require more intelligent leadership?


VL has invited an Advisory Board consisting of top executives, experts and researchers within AI to be idea-generators and co-creators in the unfolding of VL’s Annual Theme and the VL Summit. VL always focus primarily on leadership and on business, and this year we seek different angles and perspectives on artificial intelligence. Thus, the members of the Advisory Board are specifically selected in relation to the industry or the field of expertise in which they operate. We are inspired by the Advisory Board and use their experiences to create headlines, find possible speakers and record podcasts leading up to the VL Summit on 6 June, 2024.

​We are grateful to receive priceless advice and sparring from the following members of this year’s Advisory Board:​


Anja Monrad, Board Professional, Keynote Speaker, Angel Investor, Ex-Dell Executive, Vice Chair of VL’s Board, VL64

Casper Klynge, SVP,  Danish Chamber of Commerce, former tech-ambassador, VL4

Henriette Halberg Thygesen, EVP, Maersk, VL3

Le Gammeltoft, CCO, Netcompany

Lisbeth Knudsen, Board Chair for VL, VL1

Martin Brynskov, Director, DTU Connecting Communities Centre & Senior Researcher, PhD, DTU Compute

Mille Lindskrog Knudsen, Board Professional: Bestyrelseskvinder, DOT, Fiks IT, Viking Software, ETK EMS, etc., VL102

Pernille Halberg Salamon, Director of Hørsholm Municipality , Member of the National Digital Council, VL9

Rune Aagaard, Attorney, Partner, Mazanti-Andersen, representantive of the Steering Committee for the VL Summit 2024, VL102

Stine Mølgaard Sørensen, Partner, Alliance VC, Co-founder, Radiobotics


Serge Belongie

Niels B. Christiansen

Lisbeth Knudsen

Bestyrelsesleder, VL - Dansk Selskab for Virksomhedsledelse


Ida Bratting Kongsted


Charlotte Beder




Where and when does the VL Summit 2024 take place?
The VL Summit takes place on 6 June at Egeskov Castle, Egeskov Gade 22, 5772, Kværndrup.


How do I sign up?
When you have registered via the registration link on this page (in Danish), you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Participation in the VL Summit is included in your membership fee to the Danish Management Society.

Please note that registration for the dinner should be made in a separate checkbox in the registration form - the price of the dinner is DKK 700 incl. VAT.

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Where should I sleep?
Hotel Ærø
Superior single room for DKK 995 incl. breakfast.
Addition for a double room: DKK 150.
First come,first served-principle applies. Call +45 62 21 07 60 – give the code: VL 2024.

Hotel Svendborg
Single room for DKK 895 incl. breakfast.
Addition for a double room: DKK 150.
First come,first served-principle applies. Call +45 62 21 17 00 – give code: VL 2024.


How do I get there and where do I park?
There are more than 1.400 free parking spots for cars, busses and motorcycles. Read more here on parking and getting to Egeskov Castle.


If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to send an e-mail to or call +45 35 43 92 92.


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The VL Summit 2024 will extend over an entire 24 hours. Day 1 is similar to past years' formats, and day 2 will be a morning where you can choose between relevant AI-focused company visits or a private meeting with your individual VL Group. It is possible to spend the night at hotels close to Egeskov Castle - we have obtained offers that apply to both 1 and 2 nights. Stay tuned below as the program takes shape.


Thursday morning
Breakfast and networking, international and national keynotes, panel debates etc.


Thursday afternoon
Lunch in the outdoors, break-out sessions, networking etc.

You get the opportunity to choose between the following themes for break-out sessions:

1. 'Starter kit' & skills

2. Policy and ethics

3. The potential and business models

4. The future – where are we going?

5. The international perspective


Thursday evening
Festive dinner in the beautiful surroundings, entertainment, music and dancing.

Make sure you and your group get accommodation booked as soon as possible. See practical information about the nearby hotels that VL cooperates with.


Friday morning
You get the opportunity to choose between relevant local company visits with a focus on AI or to meet separately in your own VL Group. More info will follow soon.