From accountable to visionary: 21 attributes of a great CIO

What makes a great CIO?

Futurist Thornton May wrote June 27 in CIO that he asked a group of executives for the adjectives they would use to describe a successful IT chief, and they responded with these 21 (listed in alphabetical order):

1. Accountable

2. Adaptable

3. Curious

4. Decisive

5. Eloquent

6. Empathetic

7. Financially savvy

8. Focused

9. Hard-working

10. Intelligent

11. Improvisational

12. Interdisciplinary

13. Mindful

14. Motivational

15. Patient

16. Practical

17. Principled

18. Strategic

19. Thick-skinned

20. Trusted

21. Visionary

"As a futurist I like to think that the true secret sauce of CIO success lies in being able to collaboratively craft a narrative describing a better future," Mr. May wrote. "I believe CIOs need to have a vision of what can be."

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