5 Essential Skills for the IT Leader

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IT Leaders Create a Safe Environment

Creating a safe-to-fail environment where employees are encouraged to think outside of the box and take chances will ignite innovation in the workplace. With the constantly changing IT landscape, innovation is key.

People will be more willing to take on the difficult projects when they have a leader who will motivate them every step of the way. The leader will need to define the boundaries of this environment, and show how to act when “failures” do happen. While it’s a difficult environment to maintain, it truly makes all of the difference.

Never before has business success been so dependent on technology. Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics and the need to secure all of that has meant that the business depends more and more on IT.

This all means that IT has a seat at the C-suite. The IT leader is required to not only direct the business in what technology to buy to meet strategic plans, but that person must also lead the IT team on how to implement and maintain that technology.

Being a leader in the IT industry is different from being a leader in any other industry. Successful IT leaders have to have very specific skills, but still know how to run a team. And that means they must master the so-called soft skills that are not taught formally. To become successful, and remain so, strong IT leaders take initiative in educating themselves in a variety of aspects of the tech industry; they delegate tasks in order to improve efficiency and maximize the strengths of team members; and they focus on problem solving – or find someone who can, if they need backup. Read on to find out more about the skills that really help get the job done.

In a recent email conversation, Bill Peppler, managing partner at Kavaliro, an award-winning IT recruiting firm, talked to IT Business Edge’s Toni Bowers about what successful IT leaders do.

 

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