When you find yourself in a leadership position, you'll want to make the most of it. This means that you want to be viewed as being both powerful and effective. In order to make this happen, you need to have a good understanding of what leadership is really all about.
What You'll Find Inside:
- IT TURNS OUT THAT PERSONAL SKILLS ARE IMPORTANT FOR IT LEADERS
- MANAGEMENT SECRETS FROM THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION'S GLOBAL HEALTH PRESIDENT
- HEY IT MANAGER, ARE YOU SENDING THE WRONG SIGNALS?
- IT MANAGERS NEED TO LEARN HOW TO AVOID A CRISIS BEFORE IT HAPPENS
One of the most important things that you'll need to understand in order to be effective is that leadership is not all about you. Rather, it's about the people that you are leading and what they are looking for from you. To lead a group of people you'll need to make sure that you have the personal skills that this kind of task requires. You'll need to use these skills to help you team make progress in implementing your company's goals.
The good news is that you don't have to make all of this up by yourself. You can observe other leaders who are being successful and then emulate what they are doing. You'll need to make sure that the signals that you are sending to the team that you are in charge of are clear and easily understood. Although there are differences between business and sports, you'll still need to play the role of a coach in order to help your team be successful.
As we are all too well aware of, on any given day a crisis can hit our part of the IT department. As an effective IT leader, you need to prepare for these events before they happen. One part of getting ready is to make sure that your entire team shares the same vision that you have for what the team is going to be able to accomplish. The good news is that this is all possible to do, you just need to master the IT leader skills that are going to allow you to make it happen.
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