11 Traits of Successful IT Leaders

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-07-2014 Email Print this article Print

CIOs arguably sit on an organization's hottest seat: Every user and stakeholder depends upon daily access to productivity-boosting IT tools. And the C-suite looks to you as the authority on new solutions which will advance business goals. Meanwhile, you must not only impart a sense of tech expertise, you have to understand IT professionals as well. With this in mind, we're presenting this list of must-have traits of tech leaders. It was adopted from various online resources, including those from California State University, Sacramento and California Southern University. While those two reports bring an academic focus to the topic, the takeaways are readily adaptable for any CIO. Not surprisingly, many of these takeaways are more about your personal style than your command of tech topics. "The best leaders I know have something in them that makes other people believe there is a light at the end of whatever tunnel they face," writes tech strategist Dani Babb, in the California Southern University posting, "because they truly believe it themselves and look for the positive in lots of situations … They likened leadership to partnering: first you find a great fit, and then you take the bad with the good." For more about the Cal Southern advice, click here. For more about the Cal State Sacramento best practices, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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