There is a lot of discussion about CIO leadership in professional and academic circles. One topic that rarely makes headlines is developing the next generation of CIOs. Technical training and the accumulation of acronym-heavy credentials is the norm in IT organizations. This is important given the changing nature of information technology.
However, there is no more valuable set of skills than the “leadership” type – especially for professionals with a technical background. Such skills as executive communication, relationships with business partners and articulating the value of IT are required for all IT leaders and must be intentionally developed over time.