The old adage about managing IT people is like herding cats is 100% accurate.
We are very much like cats in many ways: We are intelligent, independent, easily riled, and/or disturbed. If you're demanding you get nowhere, but if you are patient, you can have a real asset.
Strong (as in Herculean) interpersonal skills are a must. In many cases people who are drawn to IT, or are skilled in it do not have much in that department, so you're dealing with people who are easily offended, and quick to anger who work in a high-stress environment which exacerbates those traits. If you have those strong skills and get the IT folks to believe you have their back, they will work their backsides off for you.
Chances are, when you call a meeting, you will be the dumbest person in the room, which is as it should be. This is not a problem until you try to explain the business's position to them. Ironically, despite being quite intelligent, they won't understand the perspective of the business, so no small degree of patience is required as well. If you have a good relationship with your team, they'll complain, but meet or exceed your expectations, but you need to be patient. Just like a cat, IT workers won't be too eager to do things they don't understand or don't feel like are in their best interests.
Leadership skills: Be an expediter, not a commander. Have a clear path and a cat will follow you room to room, maybe not taking the path you expect, but the cat will follow. Try to push the cat from room to room, and you'll get scratched and bitten. IT workers will not be pushed around. Many of us grew up as geeks and nerds and have a visceral reaction to anyone we feel is trying to bully us.