3 Types of IT Leaders

Having spent over 15 years in IT, I’ve learned a lot.  I’ve been exposed to thousands of IT people and hundreds of leaders all of them with different personalities, strengths and weaknesses.  In this post, I’ll share a few observations I’ve made over the years.  Think of these leader types as marketing personas, meant to assist you when trying to understand an IT leader.  Obviously any single individual may be different so always use your own judgement ūüôā

With that said, here are 3 common types of IT leaders:

The Technologist – A career IT person, this leader thinks in terms of what’s “cool” in technology.

The Hybrid Manager – A mix of technology experience and other business roles makes this leader well-rounded.

The Business CIO- The new model for IT executives.  The Business CIO focuses on solving business problems through technology.

Different people buy for different reasons.  I hope these personas help you the next time you’re sitting in front of an IT leader with hopes of helping him or her solve a problem!