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Why IT Needs More Leaders and Less Managers

To prepare your company for the future, you’ll need leaders. Some organizations think they can get by with a strong management team, but it’s not the same thing. Gartner.com explains the difference between the roles of a manager and a leader, a difference that has a lot to do with innovation.

Managers are concerned with the here and now. They make sure the daily tasks are organized, planned, and performed. However, leaders direct the team toward the best possible future. They are concerned with strategy, inspiration, and motivation. They look at the big picture for the organization.

Of course, both managers and leaders are needed to make a company successful. While the management role will always be relevant, the future of IT is leaning toward strong leadership roles. Companies are seeing a shift in emphasis from cost to growth, and now is the time to concentrate on expansion like never before. To do this you’ll need strong leaders, especially in the IT department. 

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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