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Leadership Development Module 6, Chapter 1: Leadership, Management and the CIO

Published: 26 February 2016

ID: G00301015

Analyst(s): John P. Roberts


Leadership is a capability that stands distinct from management. Management focuses on execution, performance and ensuring continual improvement. Leadership involves direction; its specific concerns are vision, strategy, motivation, values and culture.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • Leadership Is at the Heart of the CIO's Role
    • Leadership and Management Are Different
    • Distinguishing the Leader From Leadership
    • CIOs Must Earn Their Executive Leadership Position Through Influence and Outcomes
  • Leadership Best Practices
  • IT Leadership: Specific Leadership Attributes for the CIO
    • 10 Myths About IT Leadership
    • CIO Leadership Is at the Intersection of Business, People and Technology
  • Conclusion and Recommendations

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