4 Habits of Successful CIOs

By David Aponovich

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Shining the spotlight on effective CIOs, Gartner Inc. has identified the four key habits the top level corporate IT executives use when creating leadership agendas: shaping demand, setting expectations, being able to deliver and being able to effectively lead.

"Delivering profitable business value from IT hinges on the particular working style of CIOs and the thoroughness of their agendas," according to Chris Goodhue, vice president with Gartner Executive Programs (GartnerEXP). "The four key habits of CIOs are recognizable in CIOs who separate themselves from the pack and sustain high visibility and influence within the senior leadership team."

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The four key skills were unveiled this week at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in San Diego, and are part of Gartner's CIO Executive Success Cycle, a tool for CIOs to use when shaping their roles and creating leadership agendas.

The four key habits and their traits are:

Although the four habits may been seen in sequence, Goodhue says "in the real world they are not. They are applied in the order dictated by circumstance. Nevertheless, they are a cycle. Success at one habit can build on abilities in others, just as failure in one area undermines performance in another."