8 ways CDOs lead their teams

Chief data officers exhibit eight distinct types of leadership styles, according to a Heidrick & Struggles analysis.

Ryan Bulkoski and Joshua Clarke, both partners at Heidrick & Struggles' Big Data & Analytics Practice, surveyed 82 data and analytics executives to gain insight into the emerging CDO title.

Here are the top three leadership styles they found.

1. Forecaster (34 percent): This CDO tends to be a "learning leader," focused on gathering data and expanding their subject-matter expertise.

2. Pilot (22 percent): This CDO is focused on finding actionable insights and translating them into concrete results.

3. Collaborator (20 percent): This CDO takes a "team-first" approach, focusing on building a team where all colleagues are supported and developed in their positions.

The other, less common, leadership profiles Mr. Bulkoski and Mr. Clarke identified included energizer (7 percent), producer (7 percent), provider (5 percent), composer (4 percent) and harmonizer (1 percent).

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