As a CIO, is it better to be liked or respected? How do you distinguish between risk and recklessness? When should you defend your position, and when should you give ground?
The answers may surprise you.
Business is a hotbed for conflict, and CIOs are often at the center. As Italian political philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli implied, you're either predator or prey, and the animal you most resemble determines your position on the food chain. Gartner analyst and author Tina Nunno expands on Machiavelli's metaphor, examining seven animal types and their leadership attributes. She posits the wolf — a social animal with strong predatory instincts — as the ideal example of how a leader can adapt and thrive.
Drawing on experience with hundreds of CIOs, Nunno charts a way to master the Machiavellian principles of power, manipulation, love and war. Through compelling case studies, she demonstrates how CIOs and IT leaders can adjust their leadership styles for their own success and that of their teams.