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China Summary Translation: 'Maverick* Research: The Eccentric Leadership Cycle for CIOs'

Published: 20 January 2016

ID: G00295673

Analyst(s): Tina Nunno , Owen Chen


CIOs must often work with eccentric executives. This research recommends a cycle CIOs can use to help them embrace eccentrics and cope with some of their more challenging behaviors. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Table Of Contents



Maverick* Research: The Eccentric Leadership Cycle for CIOs

  • Key Findings
  • Recommendations


  • *Maverick Research
  • Defining Eccentricity
  • The Business Case for Psychological Diversity
  • Eccentrics Are Already in the Executive Suite
  • The Eccentric Executive Cycle
  • Accept That You Cannot Change the Eccentric
  • Detach From the Situation and Depersonalize It
  • Analyze Eccentric Executives and Their State of Mind
  • Accommodate and Give Eccentrics Some of What They Need
  • Set Boundaries and Define Limits the Eccentric May Not Cross
  • Reinforce the Boundaries That You Have Set
  • Collude With Your Team and Help Them Cope Effectively
  • Repeat Ad Infinitum

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