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IT Project Management: A Geek's Guide to Leadership

1st Edition

By Byron A. Love

Auerbach Publications

230 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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This book’s author, Byron Love, admits proudly to being an IT geek. However, he had found that being an IT geek was limiting his career path and his effectiveness. During a career of more than 31 years, he has made the transition from geek to geek leader. He hopes this book helps other geeks do the same.

This book addresses leadership issues in the IT industry to help IT practitioners lead from the lowest level. Unlike other leadership books that provide a one-size-fits-all approach to leadership, this book focuses on the unique challenges that IT practitioners face.

IT project managers may manage processes and technologies, but people must be led. The IT industry attracts people who think in logical ways—analytical types who have a propensity to place more emphasis on tasks and technology than on people. This has led to leadership challenges such as poor communication, poor relationship management, and poor stakeholder engagement. Critical IT projects and programs have failed because IT leaders neglect the people component of "people, process, and technology."

Communications skills are key to leadership. This book features an in-depth discussion of the communications cycle and emotional intelligence, providing geek leaders with tools to improve their understanding of others and to help others understand them. To transform a geek into a geek leader, this book also discusses:

  • Self-leadership skills so geek leaders know how to lead others by leading themselves first
  • Followership and how to cultivate it among team members
  • How a geek leader’s ability to navigate disparate social styles leads to greater credibility and influence
  • Integrating leadership into project management processes

The book concludes with a case study to show how to put leadership principles and practices into action and how an IT geek can transform into an effective IT geek leader.

Table of Contents


Selecting a Geek Leader

The Geek Leadership Challenge

Overview of This Book

Why Geek Leadership Is Different

What Is a Leader?

Great Geek Leadership

Transformational Leadership

IT Geeks Are Different

We Need IT Geeks to Lead IT Geeks

Emotionally Intelligent Communications

The Importance of Effective Communication

Missed Signals

Basic Brain Operations

The Rational-Emotive Behavior Model

The Communications Cycle and the REB Model

The Communications Cycle and Self-Images

The Talk Continuum

Analysis of the Missed Signals Use Case

Ground Truth

Keys to Emotionally Intelligent Communications for IT Geeks

Conclusion: Communicating in a Complex Environment


Things Are Changing


The Self-Leadership Cycle


What Is a Follower?

Use Case: Everything is Spinning

Effective Followership

The Leader and the Effective Followers

The Leader, the Followers, and Conflict

Building Great Groups

Reverse Micromanagement


Personal Credibility

The Incredible Craig

Social Styles for Personal Credibility

Analysis of "The Incredible Craig"

Mindful Credibility

Project Leadership Integration

CompTIA Project+ Project Domains

Leadership Integration


Leadership Integration Plan Template



Gold Plating

Let’s Do This Another Way

You Are No Steve Jobs

I Can Handle the Truth

A Not-So-Simple Requirement

Creating the Leadership Standard

Creating a Schedule

Are You Practicing What You Preach?

Anxious and Uncomfortable, but Not Alone

Leadership in Action

A Leadership Opportunity

Stay Out of the Way

The Final Deliverable


Further Reading


About the Author

Byron A. Love has more than 31 years of experience in information technology, working in positions ranging from systems administrator, to applications and database developer, to project and program manager. He retired from the U. S. Air Force Reserves as a Communications and Information Systems Officer after 21 years of service. Mr. Love holds an MBA from Averett University, a BA in Computer Science from Thomas Edison State College. He holds Program Management Professional (PgMP®), Project Management Professional (PMP®), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®), CompTIA Project+, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation certificates. He is employed as the Senior Director of IT Programs for Intrepid Solutions and Services, Inc. and serves as chairman of the Unity Economic Development Corporation You can read Mr. Love’s blog at

About the Series

Best Practices in Portfolio, Program, and Project Management

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
COMPUTERS / Software Development & Engineering / General