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How to be an IT leader

Aaron Serrhat

Managing a team has its challenges but leading a team of IT professionals needs a particular skillset. There’s a constant pressure to cut costs yet be innovative at the same time, address cybersecurity and privacy issues yet understand business needs. So, how can you keep your team – and your boss – happy? Here are the four key leadership skills you need to succeed in any IT leadership role.

Multi-platform communication

Working in IT means that you will likely interact with every department of a business. Ensuring you’re approachable and can communicate well, will ensure you’re able to address and resolve individual IT concerns, as well as put forward a clear and engaging over-arching strategy. Communication means that you’ll know how to address individuals, departments and even an entire company, understand exactly what to say and make sure you keep everything easy to understand – industry jargon will see people switch off.

Professional development

Keeping your employees at the forefront of new technological advancements is key to them remaining interested and engaged in their role. Due to the speed of change, skills can quickly become outdated, so keeping on top of these ensures your team is working at their most effective level. This is the same for the management side too, so make sure you’re developing your own business and managerial skills, too.

Delegating work

Taking on new projects can be exciting, however as a team leader it’s not possible for you to do all the work, all the time. Having the ability to know when to pass jobs to your team is key to your – and your teams – success. It will lighten your workload, push the project on at a greater pace and allow your team to develop their skills. Win, win!

Decision makers

There is a time and place for strategically planned answers to emails and other forms of communication. However, if there is a pressing matter on hand it’s essential for IT leaders to assess situations effectively and act in a timely manner. Not making a decision in this way can prevent employees work flow and put projects on hold for unnecessary time.

Being a good leader takes time and patience, but if you work hard, you can have a happy, healthy, and productive team. Good luck!

Read our related blog: Motivating IT professionals

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