Friday, January 2, 2015

Be a humble CIO

Dan Roberts and Brian P. Watson write in CIO Magazine about an important, but often untapped, trait for successful CIOs: humility. The article is worth reading, but here are a few highlights quoted from the article:
Studies have found humility to be a valuable executive asset. A September 2013 study by a team at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business found that workers who thought their managers were more humble were more engaged in their work and less likely to seek employment elsewhere. A May 2014 study by Catalyst found similar results.

Humble leaders talk openly and honestly about failure.

The humble CIO will also emphasize his people’s importance more than his own.

Humble leaders also know they need to lean on others for advice and counsel.

When their organizations succeed, these CIOs talk about “we” and “our.” When something goes wrong, they talk about “I” and “my.”

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