IT leaders often get a bad rap for being technical but lacking managerial skills. In fact, here's a list of 19 specific mistakes IT leaders are most prone to.
If you're thinking about getting into IT leadership or are already there, you might want to check out this list (which appeared previously on hacknet.com). These are the 19 mistakes that tech leaders make most often:
- Assuming the team serves you
- Isolating yourself from the team
- Employing hokey motivation techniques
- Not providing technical direction and context
- Fulfilling your own needs via the team
- Focusing on your individual contribution
- Trying to be technically omniscient
- Failing to delegate effectively
- Being ignorant of your own shortcomings
- Failing to represent the best interests of your team
- Failing to anticipate
- Repeat mistakes others have already made
- Using the project to pursue your own technical interests
- Not maintaining technical involvement
- Playing the game rather than focusing on the target
- Avoiding conflict
- Putting the project before the people
- Expecting everyone to think and act like you
- Failing to demonstrate compassion
Now this is a pretty exhaustive list, but can you think of any more? Or if you're already a leader, are you or were you guilty of any of these? If so, how'd you turn things around?
Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.