Seven Leadership Skills CIOs Need to Drive Results
CIOs must have the right leadership skills in place to deliver on today's heightened expectations.
This week, I'm at IBM's millennial event in New York and the first session is on leadership. Given the lack of leadership we are complaining about in the U.S. government and in many of the more volatile companies and segments, it is an important topic. What is also appropriate is that Sam Palmisano is the opening speaker. IBM is at its peak largely because Sam took the company back to its roots while transforming it to address a changed world. The world, and there are few companies or politicians that seem to get this, let alone have adopted it, is more interconnected than it has ever been - not just at a company level, but between its employees, citizens, leaders and, particularly, its children.
This has created an unprecedented amount of information and resources that could be effectively used to make the world a better place, but often is not because the critical information and conversations often can't be identified and utilized in a timely fashion. IBM's deep cause, its corporate goal, is to address this problem with its technology, and its Smarter Planet Agenda is the most visible part of this effort.
Three Lessons of the Successful Leader
Lesson Two: See your organization not only as a fierce competitor, but also as a broad collaborator. The most successfully run firms today are those that focus less on competition and more on collaboration in order to accomplish broad projects. It is less about the single super company and more about the consortiums that are formed to accomplish tasks beyond any one company and talks that are big enough to make the world a better place and result in success for all. It is the idea of the tide that raises all boats as opposed to the competitive focus that forces losers to outnumber winners.