Gartner Research

The Leadership Compass for CIOs

Published: 18 December 2019

ID: G00450237

Analyst(s): De'Onn Griffin


CIOs must lead in every direction: up to senior leadership; down to direct reports; out to influence functional peers; and within to improve their skills and capabilities. CIOs should use this research index to navigate the leadership compass and implement practices to transform digital business.

Table Of Contents


  • Push Up Through Resistance From Your Leadership
    • Pitfalls to Avoid
    • Recommendations
  • Lead Down to Develop the Skills of the Current Workforce
    • Pitfalls to Avoid
    • Recommendations
  • Lead Out to Partner With Your Peers and Nontraditional Entities
    • Pitfalls to Avoid
    • Recommendations
  • Lead Within to Further Develop Your Leadership Capabilities
    • Pitfalls to Avoid
    • Recommendations

Research Highlights

  • Leading Up
  • Leading Down
  • Leading Out
  • Leading Within

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