How to Become a Better Leader by Rich Hein at CIO.com on 30 April 2014.
This is a fairly lengthy leadership article that covers a significant amount of leadership factors for all leaders, but with a particular emphasis on Chief Information Officers (CIOs). I’ll mention the key aspects here, but you’ll have to go to the article to get the in-depth discussion on why they are important.
- Find a good mentor in your organization
- Empower your team
- Develop your strategy skills
- Develop your communication skills
- Become a better listener
- Be a better networker
- Be consistent and honest
- Know yourself / be authentic
- Don’t micro-manage
- Surround yourself with people smarter than you
- Always be learning
My favourite quote came from the communication skills section – it speaks to the need to tailor your communication for your target audience:
“A long time ago, when I started out in engineering, I had this problem of overly detailed technical explanations. An exasperated senior manager once told me – “I am asking you for the time, and you are telling me how to build a watch,”
This article also generated several lengthy comments in return – which side do you fall on?