IDC PlanScape: Change Leadership to Influence Direct Reports

IDC PlanScape: Change Leadership to Influence Direct Reports

This IDC PlanScape is based on and is a supplement to A CIO Change Leadership Strategy Framework for the Digital Era: The CIO's Direct Reports (IDC #US50351223, February 2023). This PlanScape covers specific actions an IT leader can take to build influential authority with — and develop — direct reports."The dynamics are different between an IT leader and their direct reports. The IT leader is at the top of the IT organization chart, and they can use that to lead change," says Niel Nickolaisen, adjunct research advisor for IDC's IT Executive Programs (IEP). "However, leveraging that positional authority rarely develops the empowered leaders and teams an IT leader needs to influence the entire organization. In fact, using positional authority should be the leadership model of last resort."

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Executive Summary
Why Is Change Leadership to Influence Direct Reports Important?
What Is Change Leadership to Influence Direct Reports?
Who Are the Key Stakeholders?
How Can My Organization Take Advantage of Change Leadership to Influence Direct Reports?
Be a Pragmatic, Aware Visionary
Be Trustworthy
Blame and Fix Processes, Not People
Become the CRO: Chief Reminding Officer
Push Out Decision Making
Push Out Problem Solving
One-on-One Conversations
Specific Leadership Training
Focus on IT Middle Management
Be Open and Available to Everyone
Create Opportunities for Collaborative Innovation and Relationship Building
Focus on Career Development and Management
Define and Measure Accomplishment, Not Activity
Build Them, Not You
Coach to Improve, Not to Criticize
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