Conclusion

There is a relationship between your personal credibility and your leadership, your leadership and the success of your project, the success of your project and the success of your organization, and the success of your organization and the state of the IT industry. Figure 6-11 shows this relationship as an inverted pyramid.

Everyone in the information technology industry plays a role that impacts the industry’s reputation. Personally, I want our industry to have a solid reputation. I want the public to have the same confidence that an IT project or program will be successful as they have that a highway construction program will be successful. In the same way that I don’t want to be associated with a failed project, I don’t want to be associated with an industry with a reputation for failure.

By accepting the responsibility for building and maintaining their personal credibility, IT geek leaders take an important step toward making this dream a reality. As a credible IT geek leader, you can become important to your organization. You can make your organization more valuable, and your leadership will place a higher value on you, putting you in a position to receive promotions and awards.

Credibility and the industry

Figure 6-11 Credibility and the industry.

In Chapter 7, we explore leadership within the context of a quality management system that integrates leadership into standard IT project management practices. You will learn how to plan, implement, and maintain an effective leadership system that can enable you to deliver projects that meet stakeholder requirements.

Leadership Assessment Questionnaire

The statements in this questionnaire are designed to help you examine your personal credibility. This examination can help you identify and develop an action plan to improve your personal credibility.

Use the following key for this assessment:

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I am mindful of the advantages and disadvantages of my social style.

2

! am mindful of the social styles of key members on my team.

3

I am mindful of the social styles of my senior leaders.

4

I am mindful of the social styles of my key customers and stakeholders.

5

I recognize when my social style causes tension in others.

6

! adapt my behavior to make others comfortable and reduce tension.

7

I share my feelings and thoughts about issues and opportunities with key team members, leaders, and stakeholders.

8

I make an effort to find common ground and consensus with stakeholders.

9

I tolerate the behavior of those who have a personal style that is different than mine,

10

I am mindful of how my appearance impacts how others feel and impacts my personal credibility.

11

I take action to continuously improve my competence with people, IT processes, leadership, and management.

12

I take action to improve my oral presentation skills

13

I provide feedback by sharing my thoughts and feelings with other people—people with whom I am investing the effort to establish and maintain a relationship.

14

I organize my life in a manner that enables me to be an effective leader.

15

I acknowledge the mistakes I make with others and take ownership with those that are impacted by those mistakes,

16

I maintain my composure in a manner that enables me to reduce tension and speak the truth.

17

My self-talk includes statements that help me improve and maintain my personal credibility.

18

I am willing to do the tasks that l ask my followers to do.

19

I am mindful of how others feel about my effectiveness in treating them with respect.

20

I value and appreciate people in my organization who have backgrounds and cultures different from my own.

21

I deliver bad news to stakeholders in an honest, courageous, and compassionate manner.

 
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