3 Essential CIO Skills You Won’t See in a Job Description

A CIO position is more than what it appears, and just because you’re at the top, it doesn’t always mean you have control. But there are a few things you can control that don’t necessarily fall under your job responsibilities. Bryson Koehler explore all three in an article for The Enterprisers Project.

One: Sell, Sell, Sell

When that job description comes before your eyes, take care to read between the lines. Despite what you many otherwise think, a CIO is first and foremost a salesperson. Leave technology to the developers. Your job will be to forge alliances, make tough decisions, and to make the business more competitive for its customers.

Two: Amour Technologique

Your love for technology must know no bounds. After all, technology knows none. The rapid pace of change requires agile minds that are always thirsty for the latest enhancements and advancements.

Three: Courage

Lastly, you have to be a fearless proponent of your cause:

Being brave as a CIO means you’re willing to stand up and be wrong. You have to be willing to have bad days and to make bad decisions. That’s okay, because you can learn from them…I find it really frustrating when I see a CIO just not making the tough decisions, putting them off because it’s going to be hard. “That system is going to be really hard to upgrade … Gosh, I don’t want to touch that … I don’t want to have to deal with it, that’s going to be hard.” But the longer you put those things off, the greater the technical debt of your organization becomes. Which makes the job of the next person that much harder.

In essence, a leader (any CIO) is someone who takes exceptional measures to face adversity, inspiring the same courage in others and is, hence, someone who forges ahead to create value.

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