Excellent IT Leadership (Online Course)
An Online course delivered by IT Leaders.
Note: This course is taken entirely on a separate portal co-hosted by IT Leaders. Upon successful enrolment, you will receive the login details to start the course within 24-48 hours.
The Excellent IT Leadership distance learning course is based on the public course of the same name. We have been running this program in different formats for five years now. This year, we have updated the materials to provide a better learning experience. Delegates can now choose from three options – bronze, silver and gold.
In summary, the bronze option allows you to view the 20 module presentations, either on your laptop or mobile device. You receive a copy of the workbook which includes the course assignments and a copy of the book Excellent IT management. Communication with your tutor is via email. For the silver option, you receive all this, plus invitations to three seminars, covering the course modules. The seminars are scheduled twice a year, and you can join any (and all of them if you wish) at any time over the 18 months following your booking confirmation. The first seminar acts as an introduction and covers the first module. The other two seminars cover the remaining four modules. Delegates can start the course at any time.
The gold option provides you with all this, plus an additional three one-on-one on-line private coaching sessions (typically lasting one hour each) with the course tutor.
Module L1 – Personal leadership
The course starts with a look at what makes technology leaders successful, based on proven personal profiling models. We look at where they spend their time (their leadership profile), and work with delegates to identify those areas that will deliver the greatest difference to their success. Finally, we introduce the concept of “leadership opportunities”, focusing on the actions of top performers that deliver outstanding business results.
- Guidelines and leadership opportunities
- What CEOs look for in their CIOs
- Emotional intelligence for IT managers
- Leadership opportunities – an illustration of how small actions make a big difference
Module L2 Team leadership
This module looks at the key aspects of leading a technology team and, in particular, some of the factors that make IT teams different, using our World Class team model. The course looks at the three levels for developing IT teams, but goes further to illustrate how good IT performance does not always translate to outanding results. We also review the critical environmental factors for team performance, the setting and appraising of objectives, and finally team motivation and how to coach your IT team to deliver exceptional results.
- A model of World Class IT Teams
- Managing IT teams
- Creating harmony (& handling difficult situations)
- Coaching for top performance
Module L3 Peer leadership
Peer leadership is the skill that enables managers to grow strong networks and build their influence with other senior managers. Our work is based on different leadership styles and emphasizes how to work effectively across one’s organization. We review the different aspects of corporate politics, including the importance of influence and building networks. You will learn specific techniques to raise your profile both inside and outside of your organization.
- Recognizing leadership type
- Corporate politics for IT managers
- Creating campaigns of influence
- Business relationship management
Module L4 Innovation and Technology leadership
Technology leadership in our world incorporates innovation and thought leadership. Our role as IT professionals is to look for opportunities between the worlds of business and technology that could enhance performance and improve results. We look at creating innovation culture and present our ten leading techniques for fostering innovation. We also look at how to create a technology roadmap as a sort of timelapse of the future. Finally we give some ideas for communicating technical concepts to business audiences.
- The process and culture of innovation
- Techniques for generating new ideas to solve existing problems
- A technology roadmap to the future
- Communicating technology
Module L5 Corporate leadership
Corporate leadership is about influencing and directing an organization at its highest level. A key component of this is aligning IT activities with business priorities, consistently identified as one of the top priorities for senior IT managers. We also look at IT governance and we present a ‘best practice’ governance structure, including a review of a business case, project portfolios, risk and compliance. Finally, by way of conclusion, we bring the ideas from this course together, to help IT managers chart their career to the next level
- Aligning IT to business priorities
- IT governance
- Building personal brand
- Charting a career to the next level
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