Government IT is a fickle world that requires leaders to utilize multiple skillsets to achieve success. This world has many moving parts, and if not managed properly, could break down and create mayhem. What do leaders in government technology need to do to be successful? Here are two suggestions…
- First, leaders must build a solid team around them—no one can do all the work themselves. Although recruiting IT professionals to government is difficult when the private sector is grabbing them up, a leader must not waver and must hire the best people for the job.
- Second, a leader must recognize when to ask for help. With unprecedented budget reductions, governments can no longer “go it alone.” The most effective government leaders are those assessing their organizations’ needs and quickly seeking out partners for help. This culture-shift is bringing government-to-government collaboration to an all-time high and giving agencies an opportunity to leverage technology dollars across multiple entities.
There are numerous skills that leaders exhibit on their way to successful technology initiatives. What skills do you think leaders need in the world of government technology?