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4 Ways CIOs Are Demotivating Teams but Do Not Know It

CIOs should inspire leaders and teams under them to feel involved and have shared ownership of the company growth. However, sometimes you forget to see the obvious signs of leadership failures. In this article at CIO, Steve Trautman reveals the 4 ways CIOs are demotivating their leaders and teams.

Misleading CIOs

The best leadership strategy is to decelerate micromanagement and enable leaders to follow their style. Sometimes CIOs just throw a challenge in front of the leaders and forget to offer guidance. More than confidence, your teams can think you are shirking responsibilities. Following are the 4 ways CIOs are demotivating leaders but do not know it:

Lack in Clarity: CIOs might delegate goals that are clear in their head but have not conveyed the path to the leaders. Take a minute before leaving the room to understand if they know how to achieve the goals. You must communicate to them how attaining those milestones fulfill the company objectives. Clear goal setting helps them manage stakeholders, find out solutions, create a realistic timeline, and address risks timely.

Vague Ownership: Apart from conveying challenges to senior management, CIOs also must encourage ownership. With hundreds of people in the team, it is difficult to find out who is responsible to bring what solution. Establish protocols for task ownership, create a leadership structure, and define roles.

No Timeline: You have given the leaders the freedom to reach their goals on their own. Months have gone by without any new development. You do not know where they are in the progress path. Set a deadline to avoid such situations. If they still fail to arrive at a conclusion, find out the barriers and seek external help, if necessary.

Powerless Leadership: CIOs often give leaders the responsibilities to run the entire operation on their own. Teams might have the budget but may not have the necessary influence to get buy-ins from across the organization. Provide support in areas of management that are beyond their vested power and designation.

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Indrani Roy

Indrani Roy is currently working as a Content Specialist for CAI Info India. She has knowledge in writing blogs, product descriptions, brand information, and coming up with new marketing concepts. Indrani has also transcribed, subtitled, edited, and proofread various Hollywood movies, TV series, documentaries, etc., and performed audio fidelity checks. She started her career by articulating a knowledge base for an IT client, and, eventually, went on to create user manuals and generate content for a software dashboard. Writing being one of her passions, reading books is naturally her favorite pastime. When not lost in the world of letters, she is a foodie, movie buff, and a theater critic.

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