What Are the Most Important Traits of CIOs Today?

In a survey of state and local government tech executives, CIOs weigh in on the key issues they’re grappling with, how they’re handling them and what technologies will impact their operations in the future.

by / June 2019
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The chief information officer is the heart and soul of IT in government. But what exactly are the key issues they have to grapple with and what technologies do they feel will have an impact on operations and services? To get answers to these and other questions, the Center for Digital Government* surveyed state and local tech executives in April 2019.

When it comes to defining their role, CIOs have seen a big shift in what they are doing and are having to use skills that may have been less important just a few years ago. Compared to three years ago, 71 percent say their role has become more strategic. Pictured above, respondents ranked the most important leadership traits of today’s public CIO.

*The Center for Digital Government is part of e.Republic, Government Technology's parent company.

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Tod Newcombe Senior Editor

With more than 20 years of experience covering state and local government, Tod previously was the editor of Public CIO, e.Republic’s award-winning publication for information technology executives in the public sector. He is now a senior editor for Government Technology.