Only 45% of students taking an IT Management for Business degree recognise that communication skills are essential and most valued by an employer. If you cannot relay your ideas in a language senior management can easily recognise it may hinder your career progression. You need to be able to prove that, as an IT professional, you are not limited to 'techie-speak'. Ensure that you can communicate effectively and on equal terms with all departments on technical subjects, explaining how IT fits into wider company strategy.
Peter Breen, Partner at global executive recruitment firm Heidrick & Struggles, asserts that "It's depressing how many IT people bore the pants off their CEOs by talking about technology." You have to be able to communicate ideas on moving the business forward to your superiors in a way that can be understood and related to.