Leadership Slideshow: IT Leadership LessonsBy Joe Frontiera, PhD and Dan Leidl, PhD | Posted 12-18-2009
IT Leadership Lessons
Great coaches can galvanize individuals with different interests and divergent objectives, and focus them on a common goal. Joe Frontiera, PhD and Dan Leidl, PhD, managing partners of Meno Consulting, spoke with elite lacrosse coaches, each of whom has led a team to at least one NCAA championship, to uncover commonalities in their methods -- lessons that apply in the office as well as on the playing field.
1.Commitment to the Job
Great coaches model the devotion they expect in their athletes.
2. Commitment to the Job
Focus on conversations, be on time, commit to details, show concern for people.
3. Commitment to Empowerment
Ask for feedback, ideas, and input on decisions.
4. Commitment to Empowerment
Missy Foote, who has won five titles at Middlebury College, asks her athletes specific questions about what they want from her.
5. Commitment to the Big Picture
Sports are a vehicle through which larger life lessons can be communicated.
6. Commitment to the Big Picture
Three-time champ Dom Zimmerman of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County arranges service projects, family style dinners, and outings for his players.
7. Commitment to the Big Picture
Getting to know people can lead to big payoffs. Assisting people in their larger goals inspires effort and enthusiasm.
8. Commitment to Accountability
Establish clear expectations for performance, and hold people to task when they're not achieved.
9. Commitment to Accountability
University of Virginia's Julie Myers asks players what they want to be known for, and then, "What do you think you're going to bring to this?"
10. Commitment to "Edging"
Individuals and teams that develop and perfect skills beyond a structured practice environment are often the most successful.
11. Commitment to "Edging"
Salisbury University's Jim Berkman has won more games than any other men's coach. He calls this extra effort "edging."
12. Commitment to "Edging"
IT pros can be encouraged to raise their games via conferences, continuing education, personal interests, and so on.