Research conducted by the Chartered Management Institute, a UK-based professional body dedicated to management and leadership, suggests that IT leaders in the UK are notoriously poor managers:
[A]n overwhelming majority (84 per cent) grapple with the challenge of ‘prioritising work’. Two-thirds (63 per cent) claim to have ‘little time to think’ and 53 per cent also say they struggle to find ‘time for strategic planning’. Only 5 in 10 find it easy to make time for their staff, while a similar proportion (44 per cent) are diverted by internal politics.
After conducting research of 1,175 IT executives, the institute concluded that managers and directors in the IT sector cannot prioritise workloads and fail to finish projects.
"If IT is a management function, then it is pretty damning that the managers cannot manage," said a Chartered Management Institute spokeswoman. "The problem goes right to the top."
The UK has certainly been a hotbed of IT failures (see here, here, and here, to name just a few examples), so perhaps the survey is accurate. While generalizations are always dangerous, this research doesn't paint a pretty picture of IT in the UK.