Tech leaders might be among the most important in your company. Most organizations rely heavily on their tech departments, but it’s not the best technology that wins success—it’s the quality of the workers and their leadership. Yes, it’s important to employ the most advanced, cutting edge tools and resources, but more important are a forward-thinking mindset and good decision-making skills. Here are three traits that outstanding tech leaders have.
They build teams
The key to success in almost any industry is to identify and develop good talent, motivate people, and inspire others to work together. This includes working through other people, delegating to others, and listening to other’s perspectives. Emotional intelligence and great communication skills are key here. A good leader has to be able to understand people and articulate goals, important messages, and directions clearly.
There is, however, such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen, and it’s important to recognize when too many people are involved in the decision-making process. Too many voices and opinions can just be a distraction that slows down your ability to act.
Unfortunately, as fast as the business world moves today, you don’t always have the luxury to take your time when you make decisions, so you need someone who’s decisive. A lot of times the easiest answer isn’t the best one, and a good tech leader is comfortable taking their time and making a difficult decision.
It’s easier to make those tough decisions if they’re comfortable taking risks. Of course, you’d rather than succeed than fail, but failure has to be a safe option as well. When employees are comfortable taking chances, they’ll have the confidence they need to take on difficult projects and try something new. And failure itself can be really great if you can learn from those mistakes!
They learn and grow
Not only are the best leaders adept at guiding their teams through the process of learning, but they’re passionate about learning new skills themselves. It might be technical skills, business skills, or about current trends in the industry, but the truth is that a desire to learn and grow sets the one for the rest of the team. It could mean taking a college course, reading a book, attending a seminar or conference, or subscribing to an industry publication, whatever you’re doing to add value to your capabilities and to the company.
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