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Traits of Top Technology Performers

Author: Pete Langlois/Tuesday, August 05, 2014/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Technology

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Whenever I work with an employer to place an IT leader, the client’s list of desired skill sets for the position quickly reaches beyond the technical qualifications and into the “soft-skills”. In every industry, those who hold leadership roles are expected to show both technical and business savvy, but IT leaders are also tasked with keeping up with the constantly changing IT arena. When considering multiple candidates with comparable technical skills, “soft skills” are often the differentiator between the candidate who gets the offer and the candidates who doesn’t make the cut.

While there are a number of qualities I look for in an employee, here are three traits essential to a top IT leader:

  1. Love of Learning: Most top IT performers have a natural curiosity and an interest in learning. As a result, they stay up on business trends, technology solutions, and emerging practices. This love of learning means instead of new solutions or opportunities seeming intimidating they are embraced. Employees that are learners inspire others to learn and expand their skills.
  2. Goal Driven: Top IT performers are not just motivated, they are driven by goals. Top performers embrace deadlines, map project milestones, and invest great effort in projects being on-time and on-budget. While good employees work hard, top performers work smart toward defined goals and measures.
  3. People-Smart: The most successful technology leaders are smart about how to communicate with their team and motivate people. Over time they have taught themselves how to share ideas and give direction in a way that gets their desired results. They know how to adjust their behavior and style to work well with people from all levels and backgrounds. Strong IT leaders are as skilled at “geeking out” with the programmers as they are talking strategic planning with the CEO. Top leaders understand that their knowledge is not valuable to the company if they keep it to themselves.

If you’re a technology professional who is hoping to be considered for a leadership role, now’s the time to work on enhancing your people skills! Improving your interpersonal skills will enhance your job performance while showcasing you as an effective leader who is capable of being innovative- while developing effective relationships with your peers.

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Pete Langlois
Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois is the Chief Sales Officer at GEE Group. His blog leverages his decades of experience in hiring, training and retaining top talent and covers trends and issues of interest to employers and job candidates alike.

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