Gartner Research

Women CIOs Wear 3 Hats

Published: 03 March 2020

ID: G00466086

Analyst(s): Debra Curtis , Janelle Hill


Although digital business opens opportunities for women leaders, they continue to face unique challenges within a predominantly male C-suite. In addition to the CIO role, women should expect to be a diversity and inclusion change agent and an executive role model for other aspiring women.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Leadership and Emotional Intelligence Are Key for Digital CIOs
  • Know That Your Experience Qualified You for the CIO Role
  • Ask a Male From the Hiring Committee to Visibly Support Your Leadership, Diverse Perspectives and Alternative Ideas
  • Guide Behavioral Changes Beginning With the Male-Dominated C-Suite
  • Looking Forward

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