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The Four Foundational Points of Strategic IT Leadership

IT leadership can be difficult to maintain because there is too often a disconnect between IT and the rest of the organization. How can IT leaders prevail and be successful with this troubling perspective of their place in the business? In an article for The Enterprisers Project, Rob Zelinka elaborates on how to have successful strategic IT leadership.

In a recent meeting, Zelinka posed a thought-provoking statement to his team: “get out of IT while you can.” His goal with this bold statement was to get the team to think about IT as an equal partner in the organization, and that they were coworkers with every other department. With this change in perspective, IT can better focus on adding strategic value to the organization. There are four points to keep in mind whilst developing strategy:

  1. IT strategy is not independent.
  2. IT is not a lone island.
  3. IT is not subservient to others.
  4. IT should lead.

IT is a part of the business, and its strategy needs to align with the overall strategy of the business. When the two are misaligned, time, money, and resources are all wasted and will ultimately lead to a failed effort. Too often IT is perceived as a separate entity from the business, even from those working in the IT department. This just is not true.

IT is a service-oriented department that focuses on helping others in the organization, but that does not necessarily make them “customers.” These people are still IT’s coworkers. Everyone should be treated equal and as peers. Equality will help to motivate better strategic perspective.

Rather than merely conforming to the business’s ideals, IT has the unique opportunity to lead the organization in innovative thinking. IT can help see the business through change or disruption.

You can read the original article here: https://enterprisersproject.com/article/2016/5/4-foundational-points-strategic-it-leadership

About Danielle Koehler

Danielle is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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