Leadership of the IT unit appears to be a critical success factor in strategic planning and implementation of technology by organisations. One moderator of successful leadership seems to be the perception of leadership held by the senior business executives. This work is part of a research project designed to bring the perceptions and practice of leadership into alignment with corporate expectations and needs. . The paper reports on a study in which a semi-structured interview was conducted in a large public service agency to the CEO, his first line reports, the CIO and his first line reports and to key IT managers. A total of 26 interviews were conducted. The results of the interview are analysed using phenomenographical techniques to determine the variation in the variation of perception of leadership between the business executive and the IT executive communities.