10 Must-Have Professional Skills for CIOs

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-16-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Must-Have Professional Skills for CIOs

    In today's world of constant technology and business changes, CIOs must develop a wide range of talents and skills to get the most out of their teams.
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    Think Proactively
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    Think Proactively

    Disruptive technology is happening at this very moment, so you must constantly seek to stay ahead of the intersection of business and innovation to take full advantage of the technology.
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    Learn to Communicate
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    Learn to Communicate

    You must be able to talk "tech talk" with IT staff and vendors, while engaging in business dialogue with the C-suite, board members, and line-of-business managers and executives.
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    Attract Talent
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    Attract Talent

    There's a lot of competition for IT talent, so you need to sell your department and company by highlighting areas that matter, including dynamic culture, intriguing tech assignments, unique perks and professional growth.
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    Assemble the Team
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    Assemble the Team

    A successful IT department requires all types of employees, but you have to know which ones make for the perfect fit for which roles, and assign their jobs accordingly.
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    Kindle Motivation
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    Kindle Motivation

    It's not enough to assign roles. You must constantly find new ways to inspire your staff with new challenges, innovative opportunities and leadership by example.
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    Build Trust
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    Build Trust

    Your reputation depends on meeting expectations and exhibiting professional integrity. More than seven out of 10 CIOs rate the need to secure trust with internal stakeholders as "highly important."
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    Be Adaptable

    Nearly 75% of CIOs said change management skills are critical in their role. It helps to take an analytical, anticipatory approach so that your team pursues change as efficiently and effectively as possible.
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    Develop Skills

    You can direct your staff to pursue this through external sources (outside training and/or IT certifications) or internal ones (cross-departmental exposure and mentorships).
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    Stay Cool

    The tech "kitchen" can get pretty hot. When your employees see that you're staying cool under pressure, they'll respond in kind.
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    Be a Contributor
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    Be a Contributor

    None of these qualities matter if they don't translate into business success. The question is, "How are you and your IT team contributing ROI to your company?"
 

CIOs face a great many challenges these days: They're under constant pressure to deliver greater innovation, even if they're not getting more funding to do so. They need to justify tech investments by clearly forecasting their quantifiable and qualitative impact on ROI and problem-solving. They're tasked with recruiting the best and brightest tech talent in what could be the most competitive recruitment landscape ever. And they must be ready for anything, as profound business and technological changes are a given these days—not a rarity. To thrive in such an environment, CIOs have to bring a broad range of qualities to the table, including these 10 must-have skills. They cover everything from personal style to people management to trend forecasting to alliance building. When you put them all together, you not only have the makings of a great CIO, but also that of a great organizational leader. Our skills list was compiled from a number of online resources, including those posted by EY and Caldwell Partners.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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