Why CIOs Must Change Their Leadership Style

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-03-2015 Email

A clear majority of CIOs are redefining the essence of their leadership, according to the 2015 Gartner CIO Agenda survey report. The report, titled "Flipping to Digital Leadership," indicates that CIOs are placing less emphasis on command-and-control duties so they can articulate a broader, more strategic vision. As part of this, they're pushing business intelligence and analytics to the top of the IT investment priority list. The report includes transformational best practices, and we've included samples of those here, including methods for maximizing the value of tech efforts as opposed to focusing strictly on costs. "Not only do CIOs expect, and aspire to, a leading role in digitalization, their CEOs expect them to step up and lead the digital charge during this critical transition period," according to the report. "To seize this unique opportunity, and ensure that their enterprises survive and thrive in an increasingly digital world, CIOs must accept the digital now, digital first reality, address long-standing challenges in value and risk management that could thwart digitalization and replace pragmatic command and control with vision and inspiration." More than 2,800 global CIOs took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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