Which CFO Personality Is Right for IT?

Which CFO Personality Is Right for IT?

Which CFO Personality Is Right for IT?Which CFO Personality Is Right for IT?

The personality type of CFOs can have a big influence on how resources are allocated for new tech initiatives. CIOs take note.

CFO Leadership Styles: VisionariesCFO Leadership Styles: Visionaries

Only 9% of CFOs are considered Visionaries, preferring to make decisions based upon experience and intuition.

CFO Leadership Styles: VisionariesCFO Leadership Styles: Visionaries

41% of Visionary CFOs believe their tech systems need updating, compared to 32% of other CFOs.

CFO Leadership Styles: PoliticiansCFO Leadership Styles: Politicians

27% of CFOs describe themselves as Politicians, leading cautiously with a methodical, team-based approach.

CFO Leadership Styles: PoliticiansCFO Leadership Styles: Politicians

If you seek greater investment in collaborative tech, the Politician is for you: 27% believe that collaboration is a key challenge that needs addressing, compared to 22% of all CFOs.

CFO Leadership Styles: RevolutionariesCFO Leadership Styles: Revolutionaries

19% are considered Revolutionaries, embracing changes in corporate culture and structures. They take a maverick approach to data, happy to source it outside of designated business systems.

CFO Leadership Styles: RevolutionariesCFO Leadership Styles: Revolutionaries

48% of Revolutionary CFOs say the IT support they receive is inadequate, compared to only 36% of their counterparts.

CFO Leadership Styles: ConductorsCFO Leadership Styles: Conductors

16% view themselves as Conductors, setting tough goals for themselves and others. When it comes to tech stuff, give ’em high-level summaries instead of extensive, gritty details.

CFO Leadership Styles: ConductorsCFO Leadership Styles: Conductors

54% of Conductor CFOs prefer to make decisions based upon “gut feelings” rather than hard data, compared to 46% of their counterparts who do.

CFO Leadership Styles: CFO Leadership Styles: “Carers”

19% say they’re “Carers,” likely to delay a decision rather than risk a mistake. Less than half of them feel they’re not getting enough good information about product financial performance, while 57% of CFOs in general are satisfied with the information they receive.

CFO Leadership Styles: CFO Leadership Styles: “Carers”

52% of “Carer” CFOs are greatly concerned about a lack of access to accurate data, as opposed to 44% of their counterparts who share this concern.

CFO Leadership Styles: TraditionalistsCFO Leadership Styles: Traditionalists

9% think of themselves as Traditionalists, who prefer to work with time-tested systems. They also resist getting influenced by anyone’s reputation or personality.

CFO Leadership Styles: TraditionalistsCFO Leadership Styles: Traditionalists

Status-quo runs the show here: Just 14% of Traditionalist CFOs believe their business IT systems should be updated.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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