One of the sessions this afternoon was a panel session, to launch the latest JISC report on The Changing Role of the IT leader. It's been a joint piece of work between JISC and Educause with senior IT leaders from the U.S.and the UK looking at what it takes to be an IT leader.
You can download and read the report here.
This is their model for IT leadership:
The only real thing I disagreed with, was the assertion that technology is at the heart of everything we do, and therefore you must have a technology background to be an IT leader. In fact you must be passionate about technology. Well, as I pointed out to them, that rules me out then. I think you have to understand technology, and understand what it can do, but you have to be passionate about the services you provide. If you are too passionate about the technology it can actually get in the way. I understand the panel were not unanimous in this, and even the ones who said it in the session, did back down slightly when challenged in the discussion.