IT Leadership "The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity,
but to elicit it,
for the greatness is already there."
--James Buchanan, 15th American President
IT leadership faces challenges in every decision they make. Make the wrong choice here, and it will cost you over there. Adopt a technology too soon, and it will be shelf ware before you know it. Adopt technology too late, and you will will pay the price in lost opportunity. This is why IT neads leadership that knows where its headed and how to get there.
IT should be a big source of your innovation. IT people are close to the inner workings of processes in the organization and should always be asking themselves, "Can we do this better?" Only through innovation, can you unlock savings that have escaped you in the past.
Communication and ManagementEffective IT requires leadership in addition to management. You need to have quality metrics so you can manage. And you need quality leadership to steer the ship. IT leadership depends on great bi-directional communication between management, staff, consultants, and IT specialists. In IT especially, people need to know what the long range plan is in order to build the IT you need. Conversely, IT leaders need to hear about inefficiencies from all levels so they can systematically remove inefficiencies.
I believe in the power of people and our ability to come through any challenge together. When IT operates in an inspired fashion with knowledge of where they are headed and why, you will have the IT that most companies can only dream about.