Monday, July 18, 2016

The Best Style Of Leadership? It All Depends.

Many of the comments by the readers of my columns Leading previous question, which explored the differences between leadership and management, reveal some truths:

  • Leadership and management are very different ... but it's difficult to say exactly how.
  • Leadership is more difficult than the management ... but the people who can execute more frequently than great thinkers.
  • Management can be a more valuable skill ... unless leadership is essential.

That comment is in some ways contradictory does not mean they were wrong; they are made by smart CIOs, IT managers and others who have experienced what they wrote. Leadership and management is situational: the different scenarios call for different responses and different skills. And what works in one situation can be a disaster in another country. A Framework for Situational

Situational leadership concept popularized by management professor Paul Hersey, who developed the matrix is useful for determining the amount of direction and support that a leader must provide, and the skills required by leaders and followers. But his is a very common framework; models are more useful for the CIO will take into account the specific requirements and role strain.

One of the situational leadership model has been outlined to me by Bradford Brown, director of the Business Technology Office at McKinsey & Company. In the third to half of all companies, IT is not functioning properly, Brown said. construction project came in very late or over budget or both. Perhaps there is a fundamental problem with IT. Leadership qualities required of a CIO in this situation is a profound competencies in the process of the underlying IT and mentality firefighters, Brown said.

At the other end of the spectrum, about a quarter of the company enjoys well-run IT department and realize the strategic importance of IT, Brown said. The quality of leadership is needed in this situation is, on the side of the business, the ability to engage with senior executives, they talk the talk and understand their business; and on the technology side, the vision to channel the power of IT for competitive advantage. functional competence in IT is secondary. Brown observed that a firefighter CIO will flop in this situation.

The situation for the CIO in the remaining part of the company-fourth to one-third, in Brown's estimation-fall somewhere in between. Leading IT is not a concern, but the ship is sailing smoothly. Leadership here calls for the ability to direct others towards the goal of continuing the implementation, use soft skills like charisma, not the ability of highly directive necessary in the first situation.
The Best Style Of Leadership
The Best Style Of Leadership
Behind the Situation.
Brown a useful framework for situational leadership can be taken for a more fundamental level. State CIO magazine's annual CIO report, released in October 2004, detailed how many CIOs are struggling to reconcile the competing demands for IT-driven innovation and cutting costs. In response to this push-pull, two opposing views of IT and the CIO role seems to be emerging:


  1. A strategic view, where IT is seen as a key tool to achieve competitive advantage and managed accordingly, given the need to improve the efficiency of IT spending.
  2. A "factory" look, where IT is considered as a utility function that should be achieved at the absolute lowest cost.

This dichotomy highlights the fact that the situation CIO 'does not only depend on their own competence but also on the effect of the above. CIO worked under the view of the factory has a much more difficult task of leadership; they have to continue to prove the value of IT, and the position of their own, before they can talk about the strategic value of IT.

But it is possible to improve your situation in life. how to nudge CXOs of nonstrategic view of IT to the strategic view, said Jeff O'Hare, senior vice president of enterprise IT at Cendant, is to use the technology to make them successful. "If you can make other people successful, you will soon convince them of your value," said O'Hare me recently. In this case, the highest form of leadership is to serve others. It was a good goal for every CIO to achieve, regardless of its particular situation.

1 comment:

  1. We definitely need some effective leadership skills, to develop our personality and thoughts. Apart from these, we should also develop our skills and decision-making ability. We have different types of leadership and also every people has their own leadership style which makes them unique from others. I would like to follow the leadership style mention here in this article and hope to develop my personal leadership attitude.
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