CAD Leadership - Part 5 - What Leadership is all About
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Can be Taught
A recent survey
on Technology Leadership revealed that 81% of CIO’s felt that
Leadership can be taught. If leadership can be taught then CAD
Managers need to learn it. Your firm is banking on the
fact that you will manage the CAD environment well. This
is a given. But they are also longing for someone to take
a leadership role in laying out the future of technology use
within the firm.
You may be in an environment that
has a separate IT and CAD org chart. You may be reporting
to the IT Manager. You may be performing management duties
with out the title. Any way you look at it, there is an
opening for sharp tech savvy folks to make an impact on the
companies tech plans.
take you farther in your career than your understanding of
technology. Knowing CAD software got you to where you are now.
Being the internal expert is a great thing. Every company
needs one. But as CAD technology matures, there are a lot
more people who have an elevated understanding of the tools.
What will set you apart is how you look at things and react to
change and plan for the next step.
based more on who you are and less on what you know. When
you move beyond the day to day functions and begin to plan for
tomorrow, you will soon be interacting with upper level
professionals and senior management. Negotiation skills,
tact, perseverance, astute listening skills and more will be
needed to make an impact on the Users, Management and company
CAD Leadership Part 4
we discussed the CAD Leaders personal assets. Go back and
review these. Not many of them are technology based. They
are interpersonal, visionary and personality based.
Leadership is not… (but it does include these)
Leadership is not a title
- titles are "given" to people. Leadership roles are
stepped into by the person who sees a need and fills it.
Someone who sees an opportunity and goes for it.
Someone who plans for tomorrow and then works to see it
unfold. You can have the Title and not be a leader.
Leadership is not management
- management is getting the most productivity, effectiveness
and efficiency from the existing environment.
Leadership is seeing past today and pioneering change for
the betterment of people, companies, clients and more.
Leadership is not
Salesmen see commodities. They cajole, suggest,
convince, and sometimes coerce people into doing what needs
to be done. Leaders inspire, and influence
people into doing what they agree should be done.
Leadership is not how much
you know - That
would be your Tech Savvy. You are expected to have
that. That is what got you where you are. It is
critical to keep on top of your tool set, but you need to go
beyond just the tech-know-how. There are a lot of high
tech sharp folks out there who no one would follow.
Leadership is influencing
people to get things done.
That is the bottom line. That is the simplest
definition I can think of. Dwight Eisenhower described
leadership as "The act of getting somebody else to do what
you want done because he wants to do it."
An old leadership proverb states “He who thinks he leads, but has
no followers, is simply taking a walk”. James George of
the Par training corporation puts it this way, "Leadership is
the ability to obtain followers."