If you are ready to move into a leadership position in the Internet of Things (IoT), you need more than just the technical skills listed on your resume. The internet of things is extremely competitive, and you must have a robust skill set that goes beyond engineering or programming if you want to take the next step in your career.

A Deep Knowledge of IT Architecture

The internet of things is all about connectivity. You can’t lead an effective team if you can’t demonstrate that you understand how IT architecture supports every aspect of the work. When it comes to leadership, people don’t want to work for someone who knows less than they do. From security to governance, to everything in between, you must have a strong working knowledge of architecture in order to succeed.

Customer Relationship Management

Gone are the days when technical teams didn’t have to worry about customers. Now, customer relationship management is a critical success factor for any IT leader, especially in IoT. Leaders in IoT must be able to communicate well with customers, understand exactly what they want from a product, deliver on expectations and manage those expectations when customer ideas get a little too “pie in the sky.” This often requires IoT leaders to communicate highly technical information to people who do not come from a highly technical background. Excellent verbal and written skills, as well as a healthy dose of empathy and diplomacy must-have skills in today’s customer-driven market.


Companies that are venturing into IoT need leaders who can drive a culture of innovation. IoT teams must come up with new ideas and creative ways to solve problems under tight deadlines and even tighter budgets.  Some people are natural innovators, while others have to work a little bit harder. Focus on building these skills to become more innovative in your approach:

  • Associative thinking: Take ideas, facts, observations and information from different people and perspectives and use them to develop new solutions.
  • Collaboration: Form diverse teams that come to the table with different knowledge bases and perspectives. Learn to identify the skills you need to achieve a goal and pull together the right mix of people to get the job done.
  • Persistence: There are a lot of roadblocks in any IoT project and leaders must be able to persist through challenges and keep their teams motivated to persist, as well.

The Ability To Cultivate A Learning Culture

When it comes to IoT, outdated skills and approaches are a death knell. It will be critical for you, as a leader, to keep your team on pace with changes in technology. This means cultivating a learning culture. Leaders are often restricted by budgets and company policies, but you can encourage your teams to take classes and apply for reimbursement, attend seminars, read journals and listen to industry podcasts to keep themselves ahead of the curve.

Are You Looking For IoT Jobs In Buffalo?

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