December 17, 2010 By Karen Stewartson
With recent shifts in the political landscape and several newly appointed CIOs entering the scene, many of these CIOs will seek best practices or a handy reference book to help deliver on IT promises. Those already thinking about the work ahead should read The CIO Edge: Seven Leadership Skills You Need to Drive Results, which says soft skills yield hard results.
The book, based on three years of observation and data-driven research from Gartner, offers seven leadership skills CIOs must master if they want to be successful. To leave a lasting legacy, the authors say CIOs must attain the “CIO edge,” the components of which are outlined in the book’s first seven chapters:
The end of each chapter features a summary, as well as a call to action, which prompts readers to conduct a self-evaluation designed to help them spot and alter crippling behaviors.
The last two chapters of The CIO Edge delve into the professional and personal payoffs from implementing the seven leadership skills. These include being a collaborative leader who delivers on technology promises and leaving a lasting legacy by contributing to others’ success.
So if you’re wondering what your legacy will be or how to shape it in the present, then The CIO Edge will assist you on your quest with practical case studies and easy, applicable steps to deliver results.
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