How Important Is It For CIO’s To Be Good Leaders?

  • By Jenny Schecher
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  • on September 18, 2018

Chief Information Officers have a big role to play when it comes to guiding an enterprise towards the realm of digital transformation.

Not only do they have to be knowledgeable and ready to conquer any challenges that technology brings, they have to possess a unique skill set: leadership.

CIOs Are The New Leaders

If it is one thing that we know for sure, it is that getting a business on board with new processes of technology can be tricky. This has made the role of CIOs crucial in the enterprise because they are the ones trusted with such change. Basically, think of them as the captains of the technology ship.

“Deloitte found more than half of CIOs serve as “trusted operators,” with a focus on IT efficiency, reliability and cost containment.” CIO Dive reports.

Leadership Comes As A Challenge

According to a report found on Deloitte, “many CIOs rose to their position based off their IT talent rather than their leadership and communication skills. Transitioning their skills to leadership is a challenge for some.” 

So, why is this a challenge?

Well, for starters, being a leader in a world of constant digital change can be tricky. When people continuously rely on you for answers, it may be difficult to establish a clear vision of a developed IT transition, while still playing the role of the leader.

In other words, it is important for CIOs to remember that not everyone is familiar with technological terms. For instance, when dealing with beginners on the journey of digital transformation, it may take them some time to become familiar with technological terms. After all, not everyone can be skilled writers on Digital Diary, right?

“Naming specific technology can be used to augment the point of the mission and to help better explain why the tech is needed to complete the process.” CIO Dive reports.

We Rely On Technology Leaders

No matter how hard it may be for the CIO to wear many different hats, the leadership that is most important. The CIOs of the world must be able to lead those who are inexperienced with technology towards a place of clarity. Enterprises will rely on CIOs for this, and it is crucial that leadership is possessed among all tech executives.

A healthy digital culture is a key to success for any enterprise. Those who succeed in adopting this culture, succeed overall, compared to those who have not.

This begins and ends with the CIOs of the company. The CIOs are able to get all members on board, with their knowledge and expertise.

All in all, no pressure, CIOs, but you are the future leaders of the world!

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