CIOs: Do You Have These Two Critical Characteristics?

With the COVID-19 pandemic changing the landscape for how CIOs collaborate and manage their stakeholders, the need for strong leadership competencies is soaring. According to a study conducted by Gartner, 70% of the hiring process for new CIOs rank individual determination and sensitivity as two sought-after personal characteristics. This article on CIO & Leader sheds light on the Gartner report.

What Does the Study Say?

According to Gartner’s report, determination is ‘firmness of resoluteness and turning decisions into actions, despite how tough they are.’ Sensitivity is the quality of feeling empathetic toward others’ difficulties and acting accordingly. The study also revealed that the demand for ‘determination’ competency among new hires increased by 34%, and ‘sensitivity’ increased by 92% in 2020.

Industry experts believe CEOs are unsettled about the future and looking for determined CIOs that make and implement timely decisions. They also want CIOs to display emotional dexterity to support their employees during crises. Furthermore, “Gartner research shows that the vast majority of IT and business leaders say that the most important skill needed in 10 years will be soft skills,” says the author.

Additionally, the Gartner panel survey indicated that all CIOs that participated in studies spent an average of 30 minutes daily on professional development.

Transparency Is Most-Admired

CIOs ranked transparency as the commonly admired leadership competency, followed by authentic communication and collaboration. Above-average-performing CIOs helped others professionally grow by coaching and mentoring. On the other hand, high-performing CIOs stated that they spent nearly 74% of their time listening to employees rather than directing them.

Other Factors

Technology is evolving so quickly that traditional IT departments are unable to keep up. Organizations want their businesses to move faster and be more agile. This has created opportunities for CIOs to move from being trusted operators to business co-creators.

To read the original article, click on https://www.cioandleader.com/article/2021/01/06/new-cio-hiring-processes-will-rank-determination-and-sensitivity-critical.

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