By Umme Sutarwala - May 09, 2022 4 Mins Read
Not everyone is cut out to be a leader. To be a good one, IT leaders must engage in near-constant introspection and self-evaluation to ensure that they are providing excellent service to their team (and themselves).
Leadership can be grueling, and IT leadership has grown much more so in the last two years. IT professionals who have been managing a worldwide pandemic can undoubtedly state that the last two years have been revolutionary — both in terms of business and leadership style.
To overcome a leadership flaw, IT leaders must first identify the area in which they believe they need to improve. The steps below can help IT executives manage their deficiencies.
Recognize and accept faults
IT leaders should never try to conceal what went wrong or put the responsibility on others. If they made a mistake, they should confess it and take responsibility for it. It doesn’t have to be a huge issue; simply admit the mistake and move on. Insecure leaders may be terrified of appearing weak, yet refusing to recognize their mistakes only makes them look more vulnerable and loses respect. Vulnerability is the greatest strength in leadership. Admitting errors wins IT leaders respect from their subordinates and humanizes their leadership.
Encourage the generation of new ideas
Being restricted to a cabin and having to teach in a different way no longer works. When engaging with today’s youth, leaders must be more hands-on. They must stimulate new ideas, collaborate with peers, and provide solutions.
Implement strategies for improvement
IT leaders can consider putting in place an improvement plan or a professional development target to aim toward. A leader who lacks motivation and drive, for example, may begin by introducing activities and exercises to boost morale and reignite a passion for their profession. A team leader who lacks faith in their staff could offer assignments just at the start of the day and ask for reports only after each project is done.
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IT leaders should employ people with the abilities they lack
Rather than performing something they are not excellent at, IT leaders should hire someone who can fill that gap, either as a freelancer or full-time. This will not only compensate for the shortcoming but will also assist IT executives in developing a crucial skill: discovering and trusting personnel. Giving someone a task that IT executives don’t completely comprehend and then stepping out of the way is the ultimate test of trust. There’s no better approach to empowering IT executives’ employees.
Add value and generate outcomes
Leaders must be current with contemporary events in order to contribute value in today’s climate. If IT leaders can’t provide outcomes on time, they are no longer a leader. Customers, clients, peers, and others should be networked by leaders. To achieve the desired objectives, they must stay current with both internal and external advances.
IT executives must be aware of their own leadership style
Unpacking defects is the first step toward addressing them. IT leaders must analyze the good and bad aspects of their leadership style. For example, if the leadership style is autocratic, the team members are likely to be quite clear about the work at hand. The drawback is that IT leaders may come out as bossy or dominating to them.
Depending on the scenario, the most exemplary leaders employ a variety of management approaches. It’s critical for IT leaders to understand the default process in order to recognize when they are managing poorly.
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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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