Leadership is always a focus at Gartner and at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2017. Ahead of this year’s event, Smarter With Gartner reached out to analysts who will be giving sessions around the world on leadership to ask them what CIOs are facing in the coming year.
What’s the biggest leadership challenge CIOs are facing in 2018?
CIOs are dealing with even more complex challenges — and most of those challenges are not technical. They are now much more about how CIOs drive change and how they present themselves as effective leaders.
Besides having very efficient IT organizations, CIOS also need to inspire people around the entire company to behave differently, to learn and work together. People development has never been so relevant in the digital business era.
Being a better leader has become much more important than telling people what to do. CIOs need to devote much more time to increase their self-awareness and find their own purpose, their personal values, their “why.”
Leaders are focused on ensuring the pace of change inside the organization matches or exceeds the digital-era market reality outside. In a world moving forward at breakneck speed, the slowest thing to change can be leadership thinking — the three inches between our two ears. CIOs can maximize their contribution by building people, not systems. Leaders must work on cultivating digital leadership mindsets and behaviors starting with themselves, raising the digital dexterity of the IT team, and helping equip business peers for digital business success.