IT Management Slideshow: What Kind of Leader Are You?

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-27-2011
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Leadership by Position: Pitfalls

Leadership by Position: Pitfalls

Your power is derived strictly from your job title/authority. Ask for extra effort and you'll rarely get it.

There are many levels of leadership, and CIOs who ask themselves a few key questions can determine their leadership style and how to best manage their teams for success. Begin by taking a look at whether your IT department employees follow you because they have to - or because they are inspired by you. In the new book, The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential (Center Street/Available now) author John C. Maxwell illustrates five levels of leadership -- Position, Permission, Production, People Development and Pinnacle -- and explains how to optimize your managerial impact in each area. Whether employees are motivated by favors like money, perks or nice gestures etc., by promotion potential, or by a pure sense of "buy in," you need to be aware of the paths to success and the potential pitfalls you could encounter along the way. (Hint: Micromanagement, an unchecked ego and "my way or the highway" directives will ultimately derail your upward momentum.) Maxwell is founder of EQUIP and the John Maxwell Company, both leadership-training organizations. For more about the book, go to JohnMaxwellOnLeadership.com. Here are selected highlights:

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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