10 Questions Every Good CIO Should Ask Himself

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-25-2013 Email

Great leaders don't stick to their job descriptions. After all, such a mindset goes against the grain of every great achiever in the history of the workplace. However, CIOs may get so busy "minding the tech shop" that they could overlook some of less tangible but still critical roles that make for strong oversight of an IT department. With this in mind, the recent book, Beyond the Job Description: How Managers and Employees Can Meet the True Demands of the Job (Palgrave Macmillan), poses the following 10 questions that CIOs and other managers should ask themselves to evaluate how well they're doing with respect to communicating effectively, demonstrating empathy toward employees, matching the right skills to the right projects and other essential areas that successful leaders address. Author Jesse Sostrin indicates going "beyond" requires a careful blend of compassion and discipline. Nobody wants to work with a mean boss, after all. But wishy washy types will lose the room just as well. In addition, it's important to make sure your own tech workers also understand that their roles require a sense of achieving what's "beyond." Sostrin is president of Sostrin Consulting, which identifies work challenges and provides solutions for Fortune 500 companies. For more about the book, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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