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CIO Skills Translate to All Leaders


CIO skillsI just stumbled upon a recent article by  Dennis McCafferty entitled Ten Must Have CIO Skills. As a long time tech professional, I was intrigued by the titled but as I reviewed each of the ten slides in the power point I realized how universal the skills were for leaders in any industry.

Being a Chief Information Officer, CIO, requires talents that most other executives don’t need; a technical mind that can see solutions to problems few can articulate. The ability to communicate with the tech minded team as well as the profit driven financial leaders of the organization. CIO skills are varied and it is rare to fine tech leaders who offer such a well rounded skill set, but many of the skills identified in Dennis’ article can be acquired.

His list of ten skills are as follows:

  • Think proactively
  • Communicate effectively
  • Attract talent
  • Assemble the team
  • Motivate
  • Build trust
  • Be adaptable
  • Develop skills
  • Stay cool
  • Be a contributor

For the complete article and elaborations for each of the CIO skills, I invite you to read the article. 

If you were to analyze some of your best bosses, you would probably find they have several, if not all of these skills. My focus when working with companies to enhance the diversity of their leaders, is to attract the right talent, assemble the team and develop their skills.

Building a team with diversity leaders isn’t just about achieving a minority quota, but rather a better way to achieve innovative and collaborative problem solving. Different people from different backgrounds will inevitability have different view points and ideas.

Leaders that exhibit these CIO skills develop team members that are happy and motivated in their work. As these companies look to attract new talent, it will be obvious that employees are supported and encouraged to learn, to grow and to advance. This is all part of being a company known as a great place to work. 

No matter what industry you work in, this comprehensive list of CIO skills are ones to develop to help you be the most effective leader possible.

JJ DiGeronimo JJ DiGeronimo, a speaker, author and thought-leader for Women in Tech and Girls and STEM, empowers professional women and consults with senior executives on strategies to retain and attract Women in Technology to increase thought and leadership diversity within organizations.

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