IT Management Slideshow: Five Must-Have Skills for CIOs

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-24-2011

Business acumen

Know how money flows in and out of a company, and the critical levers that your tech team can push to increase positive impact here.

Business acumen

Online tutorials can serve as a primer on financial statements, so you can work in synch with your CFO.

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Online tutorials can serve as a primer on financial statements, so you can work in synch with your CFO.

Human capital management

This requires talent evaluation, development, goal-setting and performance management.

Human capital management

Sharpen evaluation skills by volunteering to help your HR department screen job candidates.

Offer to train or mentor new hires to boost your coaching skills.

Sharpen evaluation skills by volunteering to help your HR department screen job candidates.

Strategic-value creation

Gather with customers and marketing department execs to understand how needs create revenue-generating opportunities - and how tech can play a role.

Strategic-value creation

The Gartner Hype Cycle can assist you with the value-based evaluation of emerging technologies, as well as strategic analysis and critical thinking.

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The Gartner Hype Cycle can assist you with the value-based evaluation of emerging technologies, as well as strategic analysis and critical thinking.

Leadership

Influence others through consensus building, storytelling, communications, modeling.

Leadership

Push yourself out there on company presentations.

Represent IT on cross-functioning teams. Increase company visibility by taking on high-profile roles.

Push yourself out there on company presentations.

Political savvy

Key components are networking, self-promotion, negotiating, empathy.

Political savvy

Pursue professional associations to find mentors, promote accomplishments, build your network.

Use interactions within and outside of work to practice empathy.

Pursue professional associations to find mentors, promote accomplishments, build your network.