Jeff Ello, writer at ComputerWorld, recently wrote in an op-ed that he can sum up every IT Management article/book/etc. that has been published: "Geeks are smart and creative, but they are also egocentric, antisocial, managerially and business-challenged, victim-prone, bullheaded and credit-whoring. To overcome these intractable behavioral deficits you must do X, Y and Z." (See "How to Make IT Staff Less Angry" for an example.)
Ello believes, however, that this is a patronizing stereotype that is not useful for IT Managers. Rather, he believes that respect is paramount, and offers several ways to leverage it with your IT team.