Only 9 percent of CIOs fit their self-described profile of a successful technology leader. To enhance their leadership potential and meet the increasingly complex demands of the role, CIOs need to increase their social intelligence.
The gap between the characteristics CIOs identify as necessary for success and those they attribute to themselves was greatest in three areas: ability to influence internal stakeholders; attracting, retaining, and motivating talent; and technology vision and leadership.
These three gaps, collectively, point to a bigger issue for CIOs—a lack of social intelligence. Social intelligence is a commonly used term to describe the capacity to effectively navigate and negotiate complex social relationships and environments.
CEOs expect a CIO to master these three elements, so its rather concerning that CIOs themselves believe they are lacking in these areas.
Becoming a Socially Intelligent CIO
1. Become politically savvy.
2. Build a brand, not just an organisation.
3. Develop and articulate a clear technology vision
- Abandon technology strategy, clearly identify the role of technology in achieving business goals instead.
- Be a master storyteller. Bringing technology vision to life requires CIOs to essentially campaign, using master storytelling techniques to influence a diverse audience from IT staff to business stakeholders.
For the full article: Social Intelligence: A Hallmark of CIO Success – Deloitte CIO – WSJ