The knowledge driven digital economy throws up a wide Spectrum of opportunities for Information Technology (IT) leadership. Jidaw will attempt to make this discourse as generic as possible. The need for IT leadership is nearly everywhere, but Jidaw insists that requirements vary from sector to sector, from level to level.
One thing is certain – leadership is critical to success with IT. Getting students to be empowered through IT certification and entrepreneurship skills might be the definition of success for the student leader in IT. On the other hand, Jidaw notes that the establishment of a modern forensics lab is what spells achievement for the IT director of a national security agency.
Developments in technology are opening new frontiers and enabling fundamental change. For organizations, the IT leader’s vision should be clear. Leaders must be able to effectively run IT departments, make good IT management and technical decisions and optimally leverage on IT investment and resources to support the organization’s objectives and exploit innovative capabilities.
Jidaw insists that in a highly competitive environment, IT provides effective answers to organizational challenges. With the right leadership IT enables organizations to innovate and adapt to change for organizational success.
Jidaw emphasizes substance. It is about being innovative and active in contributing ideas, solving problems and defining project content. The IT leader’s role is fundamental in detecting and translating needs into concrete assignments.
For Jidaw, those who lead in IT champion practical solutions that offer advantages for the realization of organizational goals. In addition to achieving these laudable goals, IT leaders facilitate competence development, knowledge sharing, and coaching, and mentoring within the IT space.
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Innovation and Development Advisor, ICT at Jidaw
ICT Development Advisory Support and Consulting