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

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-12-2011
Print this article  
Establish Certainty

Establish Certainty

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

Do you sometimes feel like a powerless manager who can't affect change? Do you think that any one of dozens of people could sit in your chair and the outcomes would all be the same? Don't worry, we won't tell. It's easy to get discouraged, but remember: This isn't why you've worked so hard to pursue the path of being a CIO. So, consider the book "StandOut: The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution" (Thomas Nelson/Available now). This guide will help you bring out the qualities within that will allow you to emerge as an organizational agenda-driver. Author Marcus Buckingham goes beyond affirmative platitudes to offer prescriptive tools to help readers evaluate and maximize their own strengths. These strengths "can be put to good use, or they can be put to bad use," he writes. "If you don't own your own strengths, if you don't know them and understand them and consciously decide how you can best apply them in your life, they will come out anyway. But you won't be in control of how they do." The book also sheds insight on how to sharpen your managerial skills. Buckingham runs The Marcus Buckingham Company, a training and management consulting firm. For more about the book, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
eWeek eWeek

Have the latest technology news and resources emailed to you everyday.