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The team traits of future IT leaders

Tuesday, 07 Apr 2015

Information Age

How to uplift your leadership capability.

Nick Tate, ACS Immediate Past President and Chairman of the Queensland Branch Executive Committee, is used to canvassing the prospects of future IT leaders.

An IT leader himself - currently directing the Australian Government's Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project, which is based at the University of Queensland, and with IT director and Senior IT leadership roles at the university, Macquarie, Citibank, Global Asset Management and the United Bank of Kuwait - he has, for many years, also delivered intensive training designed with the next generation of IT executives in mind.

Initially, those programs were aimed at IT leaders in the tertiary sector in the United States, Australia and then South Africa, but in recent years the focus has broadened to technology leaders in a range of sectors.

For the second year, Tate has brought a modified version of this training to the ACS Future Leaders Institute (FLI).

"I do it as a volunteer in the ACS because I think it's important to give back, particularly with leadership," Tate said.

"The FLI is in every way a team activity and it has been made possible by a dozen Senior IT and Business leaders who have very generously contributed to the Institute by presenting and sharing their experiences.

Tate's style is to present a theoretical base interspersed with "war stories" - practical examples of things he has either experienced or observed in his career.

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