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Skills a Successful CIO Needs to Possess

11 Skills The CIO Needs

In this post from the Enterprise CIO Forum, Ramya Raju lists eleven skills that a CIO needs in order to lead IT, their organization, and themselves into success. Raju notes that the CIO is the person most responsible for taking care of any business’s technological needs, and as technology is ever-expanding, the importance of a CIO’s involvement is likewise growing.

Raju begins by explaining how the CIO needs to be very creative when it comes to planning with the rest of the company. Collaboration is the name of the business, now, and the CIO who will bring the most to their company will be the one who is able to be flexible, creative, and collaborative with everyone they aim to help.

CIOs Must be Passionate, Leaders, and Vigilant

CIOs must also be able to speak passionately about their vision. It isn’t just a matter of saying “because we need it” anymore—CIOs must sell the rest of the business on strategic IT initiatives and efforts.

CIOs must also be more of a leader than a manager. As the post explains, leadership inspires while management simply defines right from wrong. Leadership is perhaps the greatest asset a CIO can have:

Apart from all the necessary technical abilities a CIO should carry the most important attribute required for success, which is undoubtedly leadership. It helps if the CIOs put in a powerful impact on the minds of their team members and inspire them towards achieving great results. The leadership qualities can be used to motivate the members even further to push towards new technological updates and generate higher revenues for the company.

Other skills include technical prowess, effective team selection, developing people, skilled when dealing with outside vendors, expanders of business and effective at budgeting. These skills, when used with each other, give the CIO exactly the skillset they need to achieve all that must be achieved for the health and growth of their companies.

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Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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