by Stephanie Overby

11 Traits Of A True IT Leader

Jul 15, 20051 min
IT Leadership

Ones to Watch honorees—those likely to become the CIOs of tomorrow—need to be good at many things. Critical skills include:

1. Fluency in both technology and the business

2. Ability to work at tactical and strategic levels simultaneously

3. Foresight to connect disparate pieces into cohesive solutions

4. Flexibility

5. Commitment to lifelong learning, with a readiness to stretch beyond core competencies

6. Marketing competence

7. Consummate communication skills

8. Ability to find and manage top talent

9. Vendor management expertise

10. Project management excellence

11. Willingness to delegate