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IT leader or IT manager? How to be the best of both

Rich Hein | April 21, 2014
In his book, "Essential Drucker: Management, the Individual and Society," Peter F. Drucker says, "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."

"Here's the amazing thing about human motivation: If you can tap into it properly, there's a never-ending supply of it. It's like a cold fusion engine to drive business outcomes. And whoever figures out how to harness that energy is going to win. Companies that are not engaging employees are doing the bare minimum and are at a comparative disadvantage. They will be left behind, "says Paharia.

Where Do You Stand?

A company can't survive without the right mix of leaders and managers. Any type of senior technology role when aligned with business goals may call for one or the other. Few are great at both disciplines but with the right game plan, strong managers can become strong leaders and natural leaders can develop effective management skills.

To find out where your strengths lie, put yourself in your coworkers or subordinates shoes. If you asked them whether you were an IT leader or an IT manager, what do you think they would say? Are you authentic? Can you empathize? Do you effectively communicate your vision? If the answer is no to any of these it may be time to reassess. It's never too late to learn and it's healthy - and good for your career — to grow.

 

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