In addition, the university offers development programs for training and formal coaching, where IT professionals are appointed to lead peer coaching groups. And separately, the university's internship program gives student-employees hands-on experience in areas such as ERP, database management, mobile development, networking and security, says Aebersold.
Alwin Brunner, CIO at Heidrick & Struggles, an executive search firm in Chicago, says he has never groomed someone for advancement who turned out not to be interested. "You pick the people for leadership who are volunteering for new assignments. You can see it and feel it when you dialog with them," he says.
Future leaders "are passionate and hungry to learn more -- and not just about technology," agrees Aebersold. "These are people who constantly expand their experiences and are not afraid to step outside of their comfort zone."
-- Cara Garretson
Garretson is a freelance writer in the Washington, D.C., area. Contact her at email@example.com.
This version of this story was originally published in Computerworld's print edition. It was adapted from an article that appeared earlier on Computerworld.com.