“Lead, follow, or get out of the way.” – Thomas Paine
Most IT leaders talk about getting out and leading or want to be recognized as leaders. But if you take a long look at them, how many are really leaders? Yes, some are good implementers; some might be good executors; but what about good leaders?
A progressive CIO/IT leader should be out in front demonstrating the value of IT to the business and not selling to it. I have seen this too many times where CIOs feel they need to sell their solutions to the business. Why? You should be asking, “How can I help the business?”
Engage the business. Your world is not solely confined to IT. You have to engaged marketing, accounting, etc. Remember you are a service provider. Go out and provide a service. Demonstrate that IT is not just a cost center but can provide real value to the business.