To make an effective CIO, the following ingredients are needed.
- One part the urge to explore new technologies.
- One part the ability to influence and communicate.
- One part the urge to improve the processes around you.
- One part courage to speak up.
- One part the willingness to risk rejection.
- One part a desire to differentiate yourself and make your mark.
Put all the above ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously and pour. Garnish with touch of modesty and humility.
For those of you that read my blog regularly, you know that I am constantly analyzing what traits make a good leader so others and I can incorporate these traits into our management style.
I discussed this topic in “6 Ingredients of Leadership”. Leaders should have vision, passion, integrity, trust, curiosity, and daring to be effective leaders. While reevaluating this post I came up with other traits that I think are important to effective leaders. These traits might seem trivial but if you look at truly effective leaders these traits round them out and make them more effective leaders.
Modesty – Modesty means the quality or state of being unassuming or moderate in the estimation of one’s abilities. Good leaders need to have modesty in abundance. A modest leader should accept criticism and understand his/her limits. On the outside a modest leader might seem quiet and reserved, but to those who come to know them, they are intense workers who are obsessed about getting results. A modest leader should not have an ego. Modesty helps a leader make good choices while maintaining a leveled head.
Humility – Humility is defined as modesty or lacking pretence, not believing that you are superior to others. Humility is a trait that is often overlooked in leaders. It is often looked at as a weakness when, in fact, it can be a tremendous asset to being an effective leader. A leader that is humble rarely allows the power of his/her position to cloud their judgment. If you recognize you are not perfect it creates an environment where those around you feel comfortable making mistakes and taking chances. You look for the opportunity to learn something new and use every opportunity to make others feel valued. The act of being humble assumes you do not have all the answers. A humble leader knows that change is constant and they can keep up and grateful for the opportunity to learn something new and reinforce knowledge they already possess.
Being and effective leader means accepting your strengths and weaknesses. The more we know about ourselves the better we can be as leaders.