Leading for Success

Leading for Success

A practical guide to enhance your leadership skills!

This book is intended to help IT professionals develop their leadership skills.

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Today’s knowledge economy needs IT professionals with leadership skills!

Every business, especially in today’s troubled economic climate, has to adapt to change. And the IT department of a business will always find itself at the cutting edge of such changes.

Change requires leadership. Impressive technical and administrative skills are not enough, and people in IT departments are now increasingly expected to use their soft skills as well.

IT is no longer merely a back-office function. People in IT are now being called on to drive through improvements in the wider operations of their business. Both as agents and enablers of change, IT professionals need to develop communication skills so that they can cooperate with the other departments of their organisation. This book is intended to help IT professionals develop their leadership skills.

Benefits to business include:

  • Develop effective communication skills and inspire and enthuse your team!
  • Create a team vision, shaping future goals by focusing on the team’s earlier successes.
  • Give the members of your team the sense of responsibility that will motivate them to achieve excellent results.
  • Ensure your people perform to their full potential.

As Sarah Cook observes, “Traditionally, many organisational departments, including IT, tend to adopt a command-and-control type of leadership. This means that many team members are not encouraged to make decisions without referring to the leader. Removing some of these barriers enables people to create an environment that is motivational and produces excellent results.”

Buy this practical guide to enhance your leadership skills today!

About the author

Sarah Cook is the Managing Director of The Stairway Consultancy. She has 15 years’ consulting experience in the field of team-building, leadership and culture change. She holds an MA from Cambridge University and an MBA, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Author: Sarah Cook
Publisher: IT Governance Publishing
ISBN: 9781905356928
Pages: 110
Format: Softcover
Published Date: 24 February 2009
Availability: In stock

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1. Angelica on 12.12.2011, said:

Leading for Success, what a powerful title! After reading this book, you might expect to know all of the secrets to be a great leader for success. The reality is that this is a good book for starting to explore your strengths and growth opportunities as a leader. In the beginning of Leading for Success, Sarah Cook explores the difference between leadership and management. While you may not be a manager, each of us is a leader in our teams and in our organizations. The remaining chapters provide guidance on being a better leader to help organizations to achieve their goals. Chapters 2 and 3 focus on leadership styles and self leadership. In these chapters Cook focuses on the identification of a leadership style. She includes activities to identify a leadership style. Cook also outlines the concept of self-awareness. This is a critical component to growing as a leader. In Chapters 4-6 the focus shifts to considering one’s leadership in terms of leading within a business and within a team. Again, Cook includes activities to identify your personal strengths and opportunities as a leader. The book concludes with action planning. This brings the learning and self-awareness full circle to self-improvement. My favorite part of this book is the practicality. Each chapter includes interactive activities like exercises, self-assessments, and ideas for using the information with your team. These interactive activities allow the reader the opportunity to actively engage in learning vs. passively absorbing information, thus, increasing the reader’s learning and application of the material. Picking up and engaging the book’s concepts is the first step for each of us to continue to grow as a leader.
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