IT Leader or IT Manager? How to Be the Best of Both
The best leaders aren’t necessarily great managers and great managers aren’t always the best leaders. A company needs both types of personalities to be competitive. Here’s a look at the separate skills and traits associated with each, so you can be the best leader and/or manager for your IT team.
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Leaders Have Vision and the Ability to Articulate It
“What’s really important in motivating people or truly leading people is having an appropriate vision. A lot of it comes back to strategy,” says Peter High, author of “World Class IT: Why Businesses Succeed When IT Triumphs.”
Leaders often have to be willing to forego the standard path, instead blazing their own trail towards their vision of the business’ future. They need a vision and a way of communicating that vision that make people feel included, useful and that they are working towards something bigger.