Leadership is one of those things that we all think that we know what it is, but we are hard pressed to describe it to someone if they ask us. This makes picking the next generation of leaders that much harder. We want them to have the leadership skills that we know that they need, but how can we make sure that they have them? Some IT manager revert to using the time-tested trial-by-fire approach, but is this really the best way?What Youll Find Inside:* YOU CAN BE AN IT LEADER, HERE’S HOW…* IT MANAGER LEADERSHIP: TWO WAYS TO LEAD WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN CHARGE* 5 THINGS THAT AN IT MANAGER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT RISK* HOW AN IT LEADER CAN MOTIVATE THEIR TEAMWhen we think about leaders, we envision them out in front of the team encouraging everyone onward. However, in real life it often doesnt happen this way. Sure, we may have the title of a leader, but what should we do if we have not been given the responsibility? Additionally, does a leader always have to be out in front? It just might be possible to lead from behind.Were not always placed in charge of the team that our career may depend on. When this happens, we need to find ways to lead the team despite not having the official responsibility to do so. In these cases, well be considered by the team to be part of the team and this makes our leadership challenge that more difficult as we attempt to lead the team from inside.Every time that we are placed in a leadership position, our success is not guaranteed. There will always be risk associated with what we are trying to do. This means that its going to be up to us to find a way to both manage and deal with that risk. We are also going to have to be aware that we wont always be successful. We will occasionally fail and when this happens, we need to have a plan to deal with it.In any firm we may not have much of a say on who is on our team. However, when nepotism comes into play, things can become a lot trickier for an IT manager. Well have to find a way to deal with this while at the same time trying to uncover ways that we can motivate our entire team.To show leadership to your team, you need to be able to communicate with them. There are many different ways to go about doing this, but more often than not, giving an effective speech is the most direct. This is a skill that every IT manager has to work at. Public speaking is a tool that will permit you to show your leadership skills.