I have been working with IT specialists for
more than 10 years and often see a sad situation. A good specialist who works
perfectly with the program code and other sign systems is promoted, for
example, to become a team lead. At this point, he begins to manage other people
and, unfortunately, very often does not cope with this task, which leads to
stress for the specialist, ruined projects, lost money and broken careers.
At the same time, a quite high level of
intelligence, as well as the ability to analyze information and draw
conclusions allow IT professionals to develop the skill of effective leadership
in case they have sufficient time.
To speed up the process of such training, I
developed a clear algorithm that allows "standardizing" the
The essence of the algorithm is that we
consider three components of effective leadership: the identity of the leader,
the model of behavior, the assessment of the situation.
1. What personality characteristics are
important for effective leadership: I will show the list of qualities, and tell
how to assess these criteria for yourself and your employees.
2. Five role models in management: we will
consider the behavior models, compile a list of personal qualities for each
model, and compare it with personal characteristics.
3. Quick scoring of the situation: an
algorithm for situation assessment and choosing an effective model of behavior.
After application of the algorithm, each
specialist will have
- a list of qualities of a manager,
- an assessment of the availability and intensity
of these qualities for each person;
- the optimal value of each quality for the
selected behavior model.
In conclusion, I will use the algorithm to analyze
three real examples of IT industry managers, two of whom are successful and
effective, and the third, unfortunately, has not failed this task.