Nine Quick Tips on How to be a Great IT Leader

1. Do Your Job

First and foremost, do your own job. Managing people isn’t an excuse to let them do the work whilst you look on.

2. Acknowledge The Positive

See the positives in your staff and their work. Don’t be one of those bosses who only sees what’s missing rather than what’s been achieved. Positivity breeds productivity.

3. Be Vulnerable

If you make a mistake, be big about it and apologize. No one expects a manager to be super-human. Everyone likes someone who takes responsibility for their actions. Being honest will help you create a culture of honesty.

4. Be Real With People

The way we work is changing. You don’t have to be super-human or untouchable. Be the real human being that you are. If you let people know the “real you” it is much easier than having different personalities for your work and home life.

5. Lead By Example

If you want your staff to behave in a certain way (professional, good team players), then lead by example. It is not fair to expect your staff to do something if you are not doing it yourself.

6. Be Self Aware

Be aware of your moods and how you communicate. You may not realise how much of an impact you have on your team as a manager. Be aware of how and what you communicate. Your team will pick up on it.

7. Have Fun

Having fun at work can help make the work easier for everyone, forge positive relationships and strengthen your team. If you create a positive work atmosphere it also becomes easier to deal with challenges as they arise.

8. Trust Yourself

At the end of the day, there is no one right way to be a manager. Trust yourself and learn through your mistakes.  Managing others is a great way to develop and enhance your leadership skills and create a positive work experience for yourself and others.

9. Communicate

Let your staff know what’s going on behind the scenes, as appropriate. Communicate appropriately and consistently but be aware of how communication (or lack of it) can affect your staff.

Are you or have you been a leader? What advice would you add to this list?

The best way to find out where your IT department can improve or help the organization
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