While studying for my PhD in history, I came across hundreds of examples of good and bad leadership. The one thing all good leaders had in common was their ability to clearly communicate and get people to take action. Each of these leaders had their own unique styles. For example, John Kennedy and Winston Churchill would use words, Napoleon and Henry VIII would use actions and Rosa Parks and Mahatma Gandhi would use silence.
So what does all of this have to do with how CIOs and their boards of directors communicate with each other? One of the differences between more-successful and less-successful CIOs is their ability to communicate effectively with their boards. Being able to communicate effectively with your board will help make securing organizational support for IT initiatives, such as funding and resource commitments, much easier. It also will make facilitate the achievement of IT’s strategic goals, which will benefit the entire organization if aligned properly. Developing a common communications approach is a critical part of the CIO function.
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