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12.8 percent

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 04-17-2011 Print

What does it take to transform from a department head to a respected, company-wide leader? Apparently, much more than CIOs are currently delivering, according to a new survey from Chally Group. The performance-measurement firm recently surveyed top executives worldwide for its Global Leadership Research report, to come up with a better sense of what organizations need from leaders these days-as well as which departments typically serve as the farm-team for C-level executives. The bad news for IT? The most elite of the C-suite talent doesn't generally come from the tech side. And, while CIOs are depended upon for overseeing the IT enterprise and serving critical business functions, when it comes to classic leadership roles-such as inspiring others and implementing a strategic vision-these are not considered core essentials for CIOs. On the positive side, the report also sheds insight on valued qualities of senior leadership to which any executive can aspire, as well as leadership-killing characteristics to avoid. Some 1,400 top-level executives worldwide responded to the survey.


Just 12.8 percent of C-level executives come from the IT department.


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