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Today’s IT organization must be resilient and visionary. To thrive in today's fast-paced environment, leaders at all levels of the IT organization, from the CIO to the help desk, must embrace everyday challenges while planning for the future. This collection of resources was created to help institutions prepare current and future leaders for the ever-changing higher education environment.
Successful Leaders and IT Careers: The EDUCAUSE 2014 Award Winners (EDUCAUSE Review May/June 2015)
- Gathering No Moss: Followership and Leadership A successful leader must first know how to follow.
- Modeling Leadership All leadership models have pros and cons; successful leaders will develop their own model and their own style.
- Leading as an Intentional Journey Leadership may not start out as a destination, but for successful leaders, it becomes an intentional journey.
- Planning the IT Career You Want The wide range and scope of careers within higher education information technology requires active planning for the career that is right for you.
- Technology in Higher Education: Defining the Strategic Leader IT is simultaneously more challenging, relevant, and exciting than ever; leading IT requires unique characteristics and capabilities. But what qualities make for a successful IT leader in this environment?
The Chief Information Officer in Higher Education, 2014 Reports, CHECS, July 2014. This study provides information about higher education CIOs’ attributes, education, experience, and effectiveness and about the technology professionals who are likely to replace these CIOs.
Challenge Accepted! Why CIO Is the Best Job on Campus, EDUCAUSE Review Online, April 21st, 2014. In our inaugural transmedia piece, EDUCAUSE asks the question, is the CIO position the pinnacle of a technology career—or a powerless position? Five CIOs tell us why they think they have the best job on campus.
Filling the IT Leadership Pipeline: A Panel Discussion, EDUCAUSE Review Online, January 2012. Six CIOs and senior technology leaders talk about their backgrounds, the strengths and skills needed for future CIOs, and the challenges of preparing the next generation of CIOs. They list the most critical competencies for current and future CIOs, and they debate whether these competencies are changing.
Aspiring and Residing IT Leaders: A Legacy for the Future, EDUCAUSE Review Online, January 2012. Keith McIntosh, winner of the inaugural EDUCAUSE Rising Star Award talks about becoming a leader and developing future leaders in the IT professional community. He outlines three steps that aspiring leaders can take to cultivate their leadership skills and three steps that residing leaders can take to leave a lasting legacy.
The Higher Education CIO: Portrait of Today, Landscape of Tomorrow, EDUCAUSE Live! December 2011. This webinar highlights findings from a study of the same name from the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR).
Institution Leadership Programs
The Pennsylvania State University’s “IT Connects” IT leadership skill development program.
EDUCAUSE Professional Development – below is a list of Institute Programs, including audience and program objectives
- A CIO, librarian, information technology professional, or administrator with a least seven years’ experience
- To learn how to create a collaborative community that takes leadership on critical issues to develop a platform for collective action
- An IT professional new to or aspiring to management
- Outlines the basic skills critical for management and supervision of projects, units and people
- Existing manager with some supervisory experience
- Practical skill development in effective management
- New CIO or an experienced senior-level leader aspiring to CIO/executive-level leadership
- Critical success skills for executive leaders & keys to understanding institution-wide IT strategy
- Experienced individual in a learning technology position who aspires to a leadership role
- To understand higher education leadership, attributes of effective leaders, and strategic skills for influencing decision-making
Knowing how to manage an IT organization includes knowing how the process and the people work from the bottom up.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for Leadership Development
- Deadline for EDUCAUSE Award Nominations is Approaching--2 Days Left
February 9, 2011
Don't forget to submit your nominations for the EDUCAUSE Leadership , Catalyst , and Rising Star Awardsâ€”the deadline is Friday, February 11. When we take time to recogn…
- Session Podcast: Linda Cureton, Chief Information Officer for NASA, on Leadership
January 20, 2011
Linda Cureton , the CIO of NASA, is well known for leveraging social networking tools, leadership skills, and innovation in an organization that shares many characteristics and issues with hig…
- 2011 EDUCAUSE Enterprise Conference Proposal Deadline Extended to 1/14
January 7, 2011
Itâ€™s not too late to submit a presentation proposal for the 2011 Enterprise Information and Technology Conference , May 16â€“17 in Chicago. The presentation proposal deadline…
- E10 Session Podcast: The Role, Rise, and Potential Demise of the CIO
January 3, 2011
Where goes the CIO? Campus IT leaders confront rising expectations (entitlements?) for IT resources and services, budget cuts across all levels of IT services, and the reorganization of IT units …
- Podcast: Mentoring as a Professional Development Tool
September 28, 2010
Mentoring can be a great tool for both mentor and mentee to enrich their professional development. Having a person to bounce off ideas and to give advice is an invaluable tool in sharpening one…
- EDUCAUSE 2010 Preview: An Interview with Gary Hamel
September 20, 2010
Gary Hamel is a writer and visiting professor of strategic and international management at the London Business School. He will be giving a keynote address at the upcoming EDUCAUSE 2010 Annu…
- EDUCAUSE Now - #30 - 1) So, You Want to Be a Leader? 2) Implementing the ITIL Framework
August 12, 2010
This month on EDUCAUSE Now :Â What steps should you take to develop as a leader in higher education IT? Weâ€™ll talk with some IT leaders who share practical advice for developing your…
- Onboarding CIOs and other Executive Level IT Staff
March 18, 2013
A session at the Midwest Regional Conference
CIOs come and go but the staff lives on. How do you ensure your new CIO is ready to lead on Day 1? A new CIO needs to learn not only the Â“what,Â” but also the Â“whyÂ” and Â“howÂ”…
- The Evolution of the CIO: An EDUCAUSE Issues Brief
October 28, 2009
Mobile technologies, consumer IT services, cloud computing, and changing expectations impact what colleges and universities want and need from IT and IT leaders. Economic pressures only heighten …
- In Conversation: Leadership in a New Work Environment
April 21, 2010
If you have been brought to an organization as a change agent, how do you lead in a culture that may be different from the one you left behind? In this conversation, Ulrich Rauch , Professor f…