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IT Leadership: Four Approaches for Addressing Shortcomings in 2022

By Umme Sutarwala - March 23, 2022 4 mins read

Every leader makes mistakes. The difference between excellent and exceptional leaders, though, is how they manage mistakes.

It can be humiliating to admit a mistake, and unfortunately, many people assume that doing so is a sign of weakness. However, great leaders understand that covering it up or ignoring it is a worse fallacy. Challenges have a tendency to surface. The actual litmus test is how leaders manage these blunders.

The path to leadership is paved with many potholes. They can be barriers at times. Quite often the bridge is completely closed. However, every difficulty is an opportunity.

There is no such thing as perfection, and there is always room for development. Here are some frequent leadership flaws and ways to overcome them.

One should accept responsibility for their mistakes

IT leaders should never be afraid to admit their flaws. Mistakes will be made. Owning up to mistakes is what distinguishes true leaders. Creating a fuss and pointing fingers over a mistake wastes time, and reacting to critique or questions about actions with an emotional reaction rather than accepting responsibility can be detrimental to the workplace culture. 

The earlier IT executives can grasp what went wrong, acknowledge their mistakes, apologize for them, and chart a course to prevent it from happening again, the better their relationships and outcomes with their staff will be. Leading by example creates and maintains a company’s set of core values and trust.

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Learn from those missteps

When IT leaders know and understand their mistakes, they should not make the same ones again. As the old adage goes, when a mistake is repeated, it is no longer a mistake but a decision. Taking risks, attempting new things, and taking big chances, striving for the boundaries of what’s possible, is the essence of great leadership. And the best leaders understand that creativity frequently entails breaking norms, making mistakes, and growing along the way. Mistakes are one of the best teachers, and trying to comprehend them is one of the most effective ways of self-education.

Don’t downplay the severity or extent of the damage

A true and thorough solution to the problem will not be discovered until IT leaders understand the full extent of the harm. This is why it is critical that they do not underestimate or downplay the severity of the problem. Having to go back and admit that an issue was far greater than IT leaders let on will destroy the reputation they were working so hard to develop.

IT leaders should spill the beans by exposing the full scope of the issue. Everybody will be on the same page, and IT leaders will be able to devise a strategy to deal with it. If they cover it all up, the broader problem will eventually come to light. IT managers, on the other hand, want to exaggerate prospective obstacles. It’s better to have overemphasized a problem and then have it prove to be less of a problem than to downplay it and have it explode up in the face.

Get past those blunders

IT leaders have done all possible to fix the situation and ensure that it does not happen again. They have learned their lesson and sought the counsel of people they trust. It’s time to make peace with it, put the head back in the game, and get back to work.

IT executives’ self-esteem may have suffered as a result of all of this, and they may feel hesitant and unduly cautious about moving forward. However, IT leaders must not allow themselves to become stagnant. The earlier IT leaders return to the field, the faster they can put their valuable learning to use. Giving IT leaders some breathing room will let them put the error in context.

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AUTHOR

Umme Sutarwala

Umme Sutarwala is a Global News Correspondent with OnDot Media. She is a media graduate with 2+ years of experience in content creation and management. Previously, she has worked with MNCs in the E-commerce and Finance domain

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