February 18, 2016
February 18, 2016
Contributor: Rob van der Meulen
Take Gartner's CDO self-assessment scorecard to see where you rank.
The chief data officer (CDO) is a new position in most organizations. Despite being new, it is a role that is already evolving based on the needs of various organizations.
Mario Faria, research vice president at Gartner, explained, "CDOs should perform a self-assessment of their current personal leadership style to see how their CDO style compares to what their organization expects."
To help CDOs assess their own style, Mr. Faria has developed a self-assessment scorecard for CDOs based on their background and approach to leadership.
Pick the number in each row of the self-assessment that best matches the expectations placed on you as a CDO, and then add up your score at the end. There are four possible types of CDO based on your score:
Read more: First 100 Days of a Chief Data Officer
The different scores and styles do not imply any value judgment or level of organizational maturity. They are simply different ways to carry out the role of the CDO, with different types of CDO style being more suited to different types of organization.
"If your leadership self-assessment is different from what the organization expects from the office of the CDO, you will need to learn and assimilate a new set of skills and knowledge to overcome the challenge. Alternatively, you will need to delegate to other members of your team to bring the characteristics you currently don't have," said Mr. Faria.
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Recommended resources for Gartner clients*:
Successful Organizational Design Principles for the Office of the Chief Data Officer
*Note that some documents may not be available to all Gartner clients.