What's the future of IT leadership?

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Former Chief Technology and People Officer in Software, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
I was reading an article about this topic recently and it had an interesting twist. IT Leaders of the future will need to lead from behind. Seems counter-intuitive but I think it is a very interesting premise. If you think about how IT is evolving as well as the demographic of workers - IT will have to continue to be flexible, adaptable, and communicative. IT Leaders will need to allow their own team as well as the employees of the organization to experiment and influence how to leverage new technologies. So IT leaders will continue to need to be very focused on the pulse of the customer, employees, and IT employees. IT Leadership will play more of a coaching/shepherd role. 
Chief Technology Officer in Media, 2 - 10 employees
There is gonna be a rapid change for which we should be prepared. With new technologies emerging every year it is gonna be a real challenge. More Digitization will be there. More remote works will be there. 
Leadership in the future of work requires leaders to be servants first and bosses second. What’s more, a leader needs to have high moral authority and lead by conscience, not ego; who are willing to support and serve instead of rule. 
VP of IT in Real Estate, 201 - 500 employees
IT leaders in the future will likely be better positioned for success if they understand and contribute to the needs of the core business.  Being able to translate and apply technology solutions to business needs/problems/inefficiencies will be incredibly helpful as we navigate "IT" in the future.  even leading "IT" itself will change; as mobile devices, 'smart' devices, artificial-intelligence, self-healing/learning devices will continue to be interconnected and need to be supported.
VP of IT in Travel and Hospitality, 10,001+ employees
Hard to predict... but if you think about it, IT is one of the only part of the organisation that knows processes AND technolgy, end to end. For example, IT can connect sales with finance, supply with retail, HR with Digital... So, I guess the future of the IT leadership is on helping the organisation bridging more and more internally and seeing the "big picture", i.e. how clients/consumers are consumer the organisation's product and services.
CIO in Services (non-Government), 11 - 50 employees
More leaders will come from non-technical backgrounds. The worshiping of technology and the belief that its impact will be so monumental will fade as the focus on practical applications today will start to win out. Leaders who excel will be focusing their time and energy on more obtainable goals that drive revenue. The future of technology leadership is much more about real leadership, not so much about the technology. As AI starts to do much of the coding the focus will shift more to orchestration and optimization especially during the recession. You can see this trend already across a number of industries.
VP of IT in Finance (non-banking), 1,001 - 5,000 employees
IT leadership needs to support Business Leadership.  This involves becoming a trusted partner in executive meetings, understanding business goals, and aligning IT projects to support their success.  Change will become faster, harder, more complex, and more technical.  People will always be at the center, so IT leadership needs to support the associates that make IT work.
Director of IT in Manufacturing, 201 - 500 employees
IT should be leading the way, but never be seen.  My opinion is it is their job to make everyone else's job easier. My career path has taken me in a different direction than others who will post and expound on hybrid workers and remote workers being the future.  I am on the other side of the fence from the standpoint I have spent my entire career (and plan to retire from) the manufacturing side of things where working remote isn't a real possibility and my "customers" are in front of machinery doing their jobs.  I can't wrap my mind around the concept of a remote manufacturing job, but most definitely can look at things from the perspective of how can I make those people whom my staff serve lives as easy as it can possibly be while they are at our facilities.  Its a totally different perspective than some have, but it is what I have built my life and career around and try to live by that example every day that I show up to work.
CIO in Education, 501 - 1,000 employees
Sales, ensuring that technology is being used to deliver strategic business outcomes.
Director of IT in Education, 201 - 500 employees
The number of areas that IT leadership is becoming responsible for is growing. It is at a point that the leader can no longer be the expert in all things they lead. You now need a Cybersecurity expert, a networking expert, a phone system expert, a security camera expert, an accounts expert, a device procurement/deployment expert and more that I have missed. Decades ago, one person could conceivably handle things with a small staff. That is clearly no longer the case. The IT leader must possess staff and project management skills at a higher level than in the past. 

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Without a doubt - Technical Debt! It's a ball and chain that creates an ever increasing drag on any organization, stifles innovation, and prevents transformation.
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