Being an effective CIO means being a leader. Unlike the military where there are programs to train soldiers on how to effectively lead, corporations do not have such programs. Many corporate leaders learn to be leaders through trial and error. Whether or not they are effective leaders is another question.
A CIO’s leadership philosophy should have three components: motivating staff, guiding the organization to common goals and decision-making.
- Motivation – Motivating your staff is an important component of leadership because it challenges your staff to expand their comfort zones and achieve goals. CIOs must motivate different people differently. This requires the CIO to know his/her people and organizational culture intimately.
- Guidance – Guidance is the combination of setting goals and charting the roadmap to achieve those goals. Remember, “You cannot get there, if you do not know where there is.” Setting a proper course and knowing how to get there is an important component of any leadership thinking.
- Decision-making – As CIO you are expected you to make decisions each and every day. There are no perfect decisions. There will be times when you will make wrong decisions. Learn from your decisions.