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7 habits of highly effective digital leaders

 


CIO | August 20, 2018


The CIO article, “7 habits of highly effective digital leaders," quoted Russell Reynolds Associates Consultant Eric Sigurdson on why being a good communicator and listener is crucial to being an effective digital leader. The article is excerpted below.

Successful digital transformation requires strong leadership. Here’s how to helm your company’s digital journey through considerable organizational change.

You’d think by now IT leaders would have digital transformation in check and be pros at overseeing initiatives to help their organizations improve business processes, stay competitive and enhance customer experiences. But in reality, many are faltering.

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Being a good communicator and listener

“You’re always going to have a number of requests for improvements or new projects that will outstrip the cost of being able to deliver those projects,’’ observes Eric Sigurdson, CIO practice leader at Russell Reynolds Associates. A good leader helps the business prioritize and communicate and articulate the value proposition that can be delivered and in what time frame. They also know how to negotiate vendor relationships as well as how to negotiate with internal stakeholders on what projects should be worked on.

“They are excellent listeners,’’ he adds. “They have strong abstract reasoning, and what I mean by that is the ability to decipher and separate the wheat from the chaff and understand what is needed versus what people tell you they want. They think the glass is half full in terms of driving behaviors around them and driving the art of the possible.”

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7 habits of highly effective digital leaders