8 counterintuitive leadership tips

Leadership advice is everywhere. From quippy inspirational quotes on Twitter, to countless conference presentations and volumes of books, everyone seems to have an opinion on how to be the perfect leader. But of course, the advice may fail in action – and even if it does work, your mileage results will vary.

In fact, following conventional wisdom to the letter can be detrimental to leaders, especially in IT, where technology changes the rules on a near constant basis.

[ How do your people skills measure up? Read our related article, 8 powerful phrases of emotionally intelligent leaders. ]

We asked business and IT leaders to share an example of how they’ve turned their backs on time-worn advice and re-written their own leadership rules. Read on for their advice, and consider how it may – or may not – work for you.

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