Technology has taken the business world by storm; where we once were thrilled by moving from handwritten meeting notes to typed meeting notes, we’re now thrilled by digging into data analytics to improve our use of artificial intelligence for marketing automation. While incredible, these leaps in technology have substantial implications, one of which being how complex it can be to achieve your goal of attaining an IT leadership role with either your current or future employer.
Complexity #1: you need to be an IT professional
This might be a no-brainer, but if you’re going to take on the challenge of IT leadership, you need to be an IT professional. The complex part? The definition of “IT professional” keeps getting wider and wider. Where once it meant a focused management of hardware, software, and office connectedness, it can now include database management, resource allotment and modification, and even programming analytics. That’s a lot of bases to cover, especially at the level required to move into a leadership role.
Complexity #2: you need to be a business professional
Being a professional in one field doesn’t inherently make you a professional in another. Acknowledging that you may have a lot to learn when it comes to human resources, logistics, cash flow and many other high-level business concerns will help you seize opportunities to learn, understand, and act in the “big-picture” ways you’ll need once you’ve moved into IT leadership.
Complexity #3: combining your IT and business acumen to communicate and solve challenges
You’ve got your knowledge bank of IT and business, but now you need to be able to communicate the IT challenges to the business folks and vice versa. Communicating intricate IT challenges to business higher-ups (and conversely, communicating primary business concerns with the IT team) requires in-depth knowledge of big-and-small-picture goals and stellar communication skills. Remember: you won’t be able to prevent all issues, but bridging the IT/business gap with your proactive communication can position you a great candidate for IT leadership.
Detailing these complexities begs the question: what tactics can you leverage to take your IT career to the next level, specifically where leadership is concerned? Dr. Boxiang Dong, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Montclair State University, helps us understand the tactical crossover between IT and business that is required to meet your leadership goals in our ebook, “5 Tactics IT Leaders Are Using to Step Into Increasingly Strategic Roles”, including:
- Developing an understanding of AI integration in the future of business
- Intentional innovation
- …and more
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