Who doesn’t love a hero? When all hell is breaking
loose, when the network is crashing and the servers are
smoking, what CIO hasn’t imagined himself or herself as
Superman or Wonder Woman, bravely reaching into the fire to
save the business’s bacon? Admit it: The fantasy of being
the irreplaceable figure to whom everyone turns for leadership
is enthralling, even thrilling.
And being the lone leader is great…if you possess
superhuman powers, such as the ability to be in two places at
one time. But most IT executives understand that they are
merely mortal, and the smart ones understand that no leader
stands alone, that a leader is only as good as his or her team.
So the most successful CIOs make developing leaders at all
levels of their organization a strategic priority.
The 25 men and women who are this year’s Ones to Watch
award winners embody this commitment to empowering leadership
within IT. With this award, CIO magazine and the CIO Executive
Council recognize both IT’s rising stars and the CIOs who
nurtured them. And with the Standout award, we honor those
winners who have excelled in leading innovation, business
strategy, project execution, team building or organizational
change. (See “2007 CIO Ones to
Watch Standout Winners.”)
Inculcating these skills in an organization takes time,
thought and commitment. The CIOs of Motorola, BT and Direct
Energy share their strategies in “How to Turn
Your Employees Into Leaders.” Mid-market CIOs
discuss their own leadership issues in “Ones to Watch
Winners Discuss Keys to Meeting Mid-Market
So what do the CIOs of tomorrow want from their leaders
today? CIO’s poll of the honorees found that 95 percent
believe their CIOs should spend less time playing Superman and
more time managing and developing staff. For full survey
results (and to benchmark against those CIOs who inspired our
winners), go to www.cio.com/onestowatch.
Congratulations to our
honorees and their CIOs. They may not be superheroes, but
they’re achieving super results.