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15 Habits of Innovative IT Leaders

Highly successful leaders understand that success in any form is not a single event. It’s a process that’s cultivated over time. To stand out as a leader, you must build innovative habits that drive your success and establish a good reputation.

Here’s what 15 innovative IT leaders shared as the most important habits for success.

There’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’: What habits can help foster better teamwork?

You need to be able to lead by example, but also know when to take advice from those around you. Respect your staff, and always make sure they have a good work-life balance. Remember money is not the only motivation tool you have. Give praise when its due and support your team to meet their personal goals. Encourage them to go to conferences and network with their peers.

Andrew Nash, Infrastructure Specialist, Arqiva

The keyword here is ‘leader.’ To lead, one must be passionate, have compassion and handle pressure well. To be an IT leader being passionate about technology is imperative. That passion becomes a centerpiece for the team.”

Sean E. Williams, VP, Senior Systems Engineer, City Bank

Instill in your staff the willingness to experiment and possibly fail. Not only will they gain critical thinking skills, but they will also develop the mindset of learning from their mistakes. And always create a backup plan and strategy.

Tom Kerlee, IT Director, UC Denver Business School

Successful IT leaders are constantly re-evaluating how to empower others to be their best selves. Additionally, they ensure people are properly aligned with their interests and encourage them to be proud of their product.

Charles Roffe, Executive Advisor, CVS Health

Enable and empower your employees. Never think that the way you are used to doing it is always the right way. How you did it yesterday is not the way you should do it tomorrow. Always learn something every day. Never take people for granted, and lead by serving.

James Pearson, SDDC Architect/ Engineer, NexGen Data Systems

What habits can leaders adopt to be beneficial to the business?

Successful leaders are prepared, open-minded and understand the business needs outside of the IT blinders. Along with understanding how everything is currently set up, a successful IT leader always looks for what needs to be scaled, what's in need of replacement and what can be streamlined. Quality IT leadership is aware of security trends, even if it's not the focus of their job and has a healthy understanding of other IT teams (Devs, Networking, DBAs, etc.) so there's a shared, common, language or terminology. Finally, successful IT leaders are effective communicators who listen, understand and compromise when necessary.

Paul Schroeder, Infrastructure Engineer, Nelnet, Inc.

As an IT leader, it is important to be willing to adopt and evangelize new products. Provide continuous knowledge and feedback to all peers and individuals within your community. They should always ask questions to learn more!

Mark Elliott, Architect, Insight

What personal habits should leaders embrace?

Read every day. Focus on challenging tasks. Make your health a priority. Learn from people you admire. Plan your next day the night before. Keep your goals in front of you. Act, even when it's scary. Have a powerful and inspiring ‘Why?'

Hakan Ince, System Engineer, Ziraat Teknoloji

Successful IT leaders show they can learn from those around them and possess a steady work-life balance. They’re able to talk about their goals and, most importantly, show that they have achieved them. They aren’t afraid to make tough decisions.

Rob Bishop, IT Infrastructure Team Manager

What are some of your most successful leadership habits? How have these helped you become a better leader? Continue the conversation and share your innovative processes with us in the comments and on Twitter @VMwareNews.

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