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CIO New Year’s Resolutions for 2021: The Year of Purposeful Rebuilding

This year’s research offers CIOs personal development resolutions that focus on soft skills to lead both effectively and empathetically in 2021.

Analysts: Mark Raskino, Mary Mesaglio, Daniel Sanchez Reina, Michelle Bazargan, Nicholas Evans

Some industries and organizations were crushed last year, while others were overstretched to keep up. Every leader was tasked with making sudden, difficult decisions to deal with unpredicted, and sometimes extreme, situations.

This list of personal professional development ideas, framed as resolutions, centers on helping CIOs up their game. We have deliberately focused on soft skills because of the human, cultural and social engagement that will be the particular hallmarks of highly effective leadership in 2021. Adopt two or three of these personal development resolutions, or work with a mentor to find strong alternatives.

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