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IT Management: Test Your Leadership Smarts

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-14-2011

IT Management: Test Your Leadership Smarts

Have I developed a clear vision?Avoid vague, empty platitudes. Come up with three to five actionable priorities.

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Now what?Take your team off-site and encourage them to challenge and debate your vision. Does it hold up to scrutiny? Will it serve your organization's current and future competitive environment?

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How well do I manage my time?Log your time for two weeks and evaluate how it aligns with your vision and priorities.

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Now what?Reduce time mismatches by delegating tasks that your team can take on, and eliminating those that serve no priority.

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Do I Give Effective Feedback?Useful feedback is specific, timely and actionable.

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Now what?Any follow-up to determine the effectiveness of your feedback must include measured progress.

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Am I a positive role model?Do your actions match your spoken and written directives? Is conveying solid values part of your communicated strategies?

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Now what?You need to demonstrate strength of character and leadership in good times and bad - but especially during a crisis.

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Have I planned for a seamless succession?You must identify not only the process, but also the potential candidates to replace you.

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Now what?Evaluate candidates based on critical growth steps that they must accomplish in order to remain viable contenders for advancement consideration.