As I begin to think about my future in IT and all the possibilities of where I will end up down the road as I travel and work my way through the industry, I cannot help but think about one day having the possibility to lead a group in a corporate setting. It may be a small group, or over time it could turn into a larger group. I decided to read some interviews that the New York Times have done along with CEOs and executives of companies about what they feel a leader does, or what they did to be picked up as a company’s executive.
The first interview I read was titled “Does your team have four essential types?” by Paul Maritz. In this interview the interviewer asks him to describe lessons he has learned to become the leader that he is today. Paul Maritz is the CEO of the software firm, VMware a huge contributor for online cloud computing and virtualization of computers and servers in the enterprise industry. He makes a point about the more people you are in charge of the less in touch with your employees you are. As he started out his first leadership role, he was in charge of 13 people, and now he leads over 10,000 people. With the bigger group, it makes it hard to get that personalization he used to have with his employees. I can see why it is such an issue to be personal with people who you are the boss of, especially when the scale of employees to executives is in the thousands of employees range. If I were to make it to the level of CEO or executive, I would try to make my job as personal as I possibly could. I think personalizing your relationship with co-workers, would make a world of difference, it could also be used as a good morale booster.
Another article I read was titled, “Paint by numbers or Connect the Dots” which was an interview with Mark Templeton, who is the CEO of Citrix Systems, who specializes in cloud computing and networking technologies. The point to me that was most interesting was that Mark never really wanted to be a CEO; he did not like the idea of having to be responsible for people getting fired from work while it was under his control. He points out that even though he never wanted to be picked as the companies CEO, over time he realized it was something he could enjoy doing. He noted that hard work and determination on his behalf helped him to be selected for the job of CEO. Mark believes in being vigilante and paying close attention to detail, and I think he has the right idea to be a stand out in any situation you’re in, in life.
Starting off small and taking it one step at a time is the best way to go about your working career. Even though thinking being a CEO or high up executive could be out of your reach as of now doing the hard work and showing your passion or dedication for a company could help you in the long run and enable you to move all the way up to the ranks of CEO depending on those factors will help you move up to be very successful in any career you decide to go with. As a young technology student just starting out I am going to take what I read from these two articles and make sure ZI apply them to my career in IT.