Last month, I wrote about the renewed importance of leadership in information management, specifically targeting the role of the information management (including data warehouse [DW], master data management [MDM], business intelligence [BI], etc.) manager, project manager, director and VP. I have written about the varying levels of BI leadership, from an ROI focus (which is the best) to adherence to a guru approach (which is the worst). Now, I’ll suggest areas where information management leaders can look to build a leadership foundation.

The current temperature of the company must be taken into consideration as you develop or change your leadership style. In today’s economy, quite a few companies are in wait-and-see mode with regard to spending. All companies go in and out of spending philosophies. At points of holding steady or scaling back, initiatives tend to be short-term and geared toward cost reduction and productivity/efficiency improvement activities.

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