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IT Leadership Manual: Roadmap to Becoming a Trusted Business Partner

Book Description

Savvy advice for developing the necessary skills to become a vital part of any management team

Today's IT leaders are faced with an unprecedented leadership and organizational challenge. The entire landscape has changed over the past few years and it is now time for leaders and organizations to re-invent themselves to meet the new order. IT leaders need to redefine their role into one of being a trusted business advisor. IT Leadership Manual provides you with a set of specific recommendations and suggestions to assist you in your self-evaluations and to develop a personal plan for the future. It helps you build the leader in you, as well as how to become a formidable competitor in your own right.

  • Essential coverage of one of the most demanded IT topics

  • Helps you redefine your role from IT leader into trusted business advisor

  • Discusses leadership style, building out your network, achieving balance, the art of sales, and more

  • Written for IT managers and executives

  • Helps you transform from the backroom support service to a recognized member of the leadership team

  • Gives you the tools to migrate to today's expectations; Innovation, collaboration, influencer, trusted advisor

Traditional skills no longer apply. Organizations are now demanding a new set of expectations from IT leaders. IT Leadership Manual reveals how you can adopt new styles to make the transformation from IT manager to top management.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Foreword
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Chapter 1: The Journey
    1. The New World Order and the IT Challenge
    2. Today's Cultures
    3. Objective of This Book
  9. Chapter 2: We Are All Unique
    1. Look within Yourself First
    2. Self-Evaluation Process
    3. Reading Others
    4. Make Time for Yourself
    5. Know What You Don't Know
    6. Journey to Self-Awareness
    7. Self-Awareness Exercise
    8. Be Prepared
    9. Make Time for You and Live in the Moment
    10. Seek a Mentor
    11. Are You in Balance?
    12. What Motivates You?
    13. Do You Have Passion?
    14. What Will I Be When I Grow Up?
    15. Notes
  10. Chapter 3: Are You Ready to Make a Move?
    1. Evaluate Yourself and the New Position
    2. Dealing with the Change
    3. Do Your Homework
    4. The Integration Process
    5. Building the Foundation of Trust
  11. Chapter 4: Developing Your Leadership Style
    1. Cast Your Own Shadow
    2. Consult a Mentor
    3. Leaders Succeed from the Bottom Up, Not the Top Down
    4. Building a Strong Team
    5. It Is Okay to Be Passionate
  12. Chapter 5: Soft Stuff Is What Really Matters
    1. The Generation Gap
    2. Combining Cultures
    3. Match Your Style to the Market
    4. Ego Gets You Fired
    5. Be a Good Communicator
  13. Chapter 6: How Do You Compete?
    1. Competing on the Job Is Not Enough
    2. It Isn't Just about Winning
    3. Instill Competition in Your Organization
    4. Controlled Aggression
    5. Politics
    6. Understand the Uniqueness of the Environment
  14. Chapter 7: Do You Have Enough Friends?
    1. You Need Friends to Succeed
    2. Building a Network Is Critical
    3. No Man Is an Island
    4. Building a Network
    5. Always Be Willing to Help
    6. It Is All about Relationships
    7. Networks Are Connected
  15. Chapter 8: What Is Your Balance?
    1. Striving and Never Arriving
    2. Make Every Day Unique
    3. Filter Your Input and Make the Right Decisions
    4. Slow Down to the Pace of Life
  16. Chapter 9: How Good Are You at Sales?
    1. Presenting Is Entertaining
    2. CEO Means Chief Sales Officer
    3. Sales Is Influencing Behavior
    4. What Is Your Sales Style?
    5. Sales Is the Most Difficult Part of Starting a Business
    6. Are You Trustworthy?
  17. Chapter 10: Are You Ready to Make the Change?
    1. Getting Acclimated to the New Company
    2. Preparing for the Interview
    3. Getting Comfortable in Your New Role
    4. Understanding the Culture
    5. Learning the Language
    6. Identifying and Building Relationships with Power Brokers
    7. Integration Is an Ongoing Process
  18. Chapter 11: Today’s New World and How We Cope
    1. The Influence of the Internet
    2. What Is the Market Looking for in a Leader?
    3. The Distributed Workplace
    4. Create a Plan for You
    5. Become a Mentor Yourself
    6. Learn to Present to the Interest of the Audience
    7. Bringing It All Together
  19. About the Author
  20. Index