Here’s a two part story(Part 1, Part 2 from Information Week by Larry Tieman you should read. There’s a great quote that to find the influential leaders within an organization “Look for the person with a line at their door”, something that rings true to what I’ve seen. There’s a related article about the five ,,core competencies of IT leaders that discusses growing from director to VP that’s hugely interesting as well.
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