If you’re like most CIOs, chances are you spent some time as an IT manager or in a related position prior to assuming your current role. And while there are certainly some similarities between the two roles, to be an effective leader, it’s crucial that CIOs add some new skills to their arsenal.



A good IT leader must inspire colleagues and staff alike and position new technologies as exciting opportunities to bring positive change. The key to this skill is acquiring and nurturing strong emotional intelligence and communication capabilities. Part of what makes these skills so important is that IT leaders should also expect to frequently engage in open, honest, and transparent conversations about technology strategies and vision.


正如我们所在以前讨论过at the APEX of Innovation, IT must be viewed as a strategic business partner to accelerate digital transformation efforts. As such, it should come as no surprise that establishing collaborative relationships across other areas of the organization is an increasingly important skill for IT leaders to cultivate.






Empathy is another soft skill that is becoming increasingly critical for effective IT leadership. Taking the time to listen to employees and demonstrating that you understand their motivations and context inspires them to do their best work. In addition, this mentality is contagious and encourages others in the C-suite to be more empathetic leaders.


IT环境复杂,更快地变化。因此,它遵循它领导者必须灵活,并显示推理和问题的能力 - 通过各种情况来解决它们的方式。



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