Modern CIOs are the excellent leaders, thinkers, and visionaries.
Today's CIOs are both business strategist and technology visionary, they are always ready to understand new technologies impacting business, and make effective decisions in strategy execution or talent management. So what are the top skills that are most important in being a CIO?
CIOs have to be the business strategists who can make tactical delivery as well: When IT organizations think only from the technical aspect, not from ultimate business goal perspectives, they have almost inevitably driven against the pitfalls. The IT organization loses sight of the fact that they enable and catalyze a business, that IT success is when the business as a whole succeeds. IT is a big part, but an integral part of the business. IT is the key component of any core business capabilities nowadays, IT is doing fine when IT makes business activities so much easier. When IT focuses on making business better and more effective and delight end customers as well, it's IT at its best.
CIOs are the leadership role, not only do they need the skills to transform their IT organization, more importantly, they shall have such color of characters to be an influencer, a change agent, and a talent master.