Making the transition into a more senior leadership role can be difficult in any field, but it’s all the more heightened within the IT industry. It’s a competitive field, and often when you’ve just been promoted, you may feel the pressure (rightly or wrongly) to prove yourself.
On top of all that, there are the usual challenges to navigate when trying to find your feet in a new role. So how can you transition smoothly into a more senior IT role? It mostly comes down to being humble and patient, but we’ve put together a few tools to help you out.
Don’t pretend you know everything
While it can be tempting to assert your knowledge and possibly even overstretch a bit in the hopes of proving yourself, no one is expecting that you know everything there is to know. In fact, it can come across as a bit arrogant or pushy. Instead, be willing to humble yourself and come into the role willing to learn from others.
Ask questions and be open to gathering information from other leaders, as well as those in your own team. It will go a long way in both earning the respect of others, and also expanding your knowledge (which you’ll definitely need to tackle this new challenge).
Don’t be too hasty when introducing change
Another temptation when settling into a new role is to come in, guns blazing, and shout out your grand ideas to whoever wants to listen. Not always the best idea. Of course, an effective leader or manager is going to be good at identifying and implementing positive change that will benefit the team, company and customers/clients, but on day one of the job you’re not exactly in the strongest position to do so.
Take a little time to get ease into the role, ask around to get an idea of how other people in the team feel about the current state of things, and then you can begin to make changes from a more well-informed position.
Take the time to figure out what works for you
If you haven’t held a leadership/management position before, it can take a little time to find out the style that works best for you (and your team). It’s perfectly OK to not find your rhythm straight away, so be patient with yourself while you transition into your new role.
All of these tools are great to keep in mind when making the move into a more senior IT position, but one of the (if not, the) most important things you can do is equip yourself with leadership skills that will help you perform your new role to the best of your abilities. There are a number of fantastic Professional Practice leadership courses at Deakin that can help you do exactly that:
- Master of IT Leadership online
- Master in Leadership online
- Graduate Certificate of IT Leadership
- Graduate Certificate of Leadership
Learn more by reaching out to our Course Advisers on 1300 043 524.