IT Management Slideshow: 10 Ways to Stand Out as a Leader

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-12-2011

Establish Certainty

Follow through on ideas that matter to your team. Don't over-promise to other departments either, lest you only disappoint.

Establish Certainty

Maintain Objectivity

Base judgments upon data and facts - not personalities or emotions - and you'll emerge as a trusted advisor.

Maintain Objectivity

Be Energized by Resistance, not Discouraged

View it as an opportunity to make your best presentation, to engage and convince others of your position.

Be Energized by Resistance, not Discouraged

Carefully Tie Data to Intended Outcomes

Streamline quantified information presentation so numbers strictly support the action item you're pursuing.

Carefully Tie Data to Intended Outcomes

Focus on Persuading the Decision Makers

Expending efforts to convince the powerless amounts to an ill-advised use of your time and energy.

Focus on Persuading the Decision Makers

Align your Agenda with Company Mission

That transforms your agenda into an organization-supported one.

Align your Agenda with Company Mission

Prepare for Every Possibility

That way, when it comes time to measure quality of work, you'll look forward to the outcome instead of dreading it.

Prepare for Every Possibility

Embrace the Unknown

Your eagerness to take on uncertainty - backed by thorough preparation - will motivate your teams to do the same.

Embrace the Unknown

Cultivate a Culture of Accountability

In pursuing initiatives, encourage team members to set expectations for each other to fuel self-driven motivation.

Cultivate a Culture of Accountability

Separate Nice Gestures from Requests

Saying thank you, imparting kind words and giving little tokens of appreciation show that you are thoughtful. This backfires if you tie these directly to something you want in return.

Separate Nice Gestures from Requests