The most prized IT professionals that IT recruiters want to work with are the ones with not only stellar resumes, but stellar leadership skills. Because the information technology field is overrun with project-based work, IT managers often prefer to use teams to accomplish tasks. IT contractors that can effectively lead their teams to success are thus highly prized. What are some ways IT consultants can sharpen their leadership skills?
One surefire way to become a better leader is to make sure your focus is shifted from hierarchy and job descriptions to the goals of the team. The most effective leaders are the ones who are not seeking a title and glory, but success for the entire team in their goals. If you provide guidance for your team members in orienting them towards the team’s goals and helping them contribute towards these goals, even if it means straying from original job descriptions or doing tasks that might feel ‘beneath you,’ you will earn a great deal of respect as a leader.
Another way to improve your leadership abilities is to maintain a positive and warm demeanor. Sometimes leaders are not just responsible for their written duties or making sure their team gets to the finish line, so to speak. Sometimes, their responsibilities are slightly more intangible. Research consistently shows that positivity and being relatable are some of the most important traits in a leader. If you can keep the right attitude at work, you can inspire your teammates to do the same and to avoid the distractions and destruction of negative thoughts and attitudes. Being relatable makes it easier for your teammates and followers to trust you. Combined, these two traits, no matter how ‘fluffy’ they might seem, are invaluable for leaders of IT teams.
AVID Technical Resources
AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.