By Bob Lewis
What do IT leaders (and, really, all business leaders) have to do to build their organizations and move them forward?
The first edition of Leading IT: The Toughest Job in the World gave you specific, proven techniques for all eight tasks of leadership. The Second Edition adds more. A lot more.
If you like metrics, it’s nearly twice as long. If you like useful metrics, it isn’t just longer … it has twice as much useful, practical advice, covering a broader range of topics than the first edition.
If you prefer specifics to metrics, here are just some of the new topics covered in the second edition:
- The importance of focus and alignment.
- Why leaders have to control their time … and how.
- The Edison Ratio and why it matters (yes, this is a teaser).
- Why employees who can’t fail can’t succeed.
- Why “Holding Employees Accountable” is a terrible idea.
- When and how to terminate an employee.
- The role of achievement in employee motivation.
- Why money is a terrible motivator but a terrific communication channel.
- How to measure the size of a team (hint: It isn’t the number of members).
- Culture clashes and what to do about them.
- Lots and lots of new guidance on persuasion and facilitation.
- Leadership challenges new to the 21st century.
If you're tired of clichés and inspiring-sounding but empty rhetoric that's devoid of concrete guidance, this is what you're looking for: A relentlessly pragmatic book, designed to help you become a more effective leader.
From the Introduction:
Can leadership be taught? Yes.
Leadership doesn’t happen as a result of a passion for it so intense you burn follow-me thoughts into the heads of everyone around you. It happens because you take concrete steps that result in those around you following your lead.
Perhaps a better way of saying it is that leadership can be learned. While not everyone can become a great leader, everyone can become a better leader than they currently are. First, they’ll need to know what the job entails … not in some fuzzy, inspirational way, but in terms of specific tasks they need to master and practice every day.
This book is about what those steps are. You’re probably quite good at some of them already. You might not even be aware others are important. That’s about to change …
Manufacturer's suggested retail price USD 19.95