Oftentimes it isn’t a lack of skills that prevents individuals from reaching their potential, but a lack of confidence, says CIO Tamara Havenhill-Jacobs, who believes part of the leader’s role is to have “those critical conversations.”
No matter how impressive your skills might be, if you’re not taking the right steps – whether it’s perfecting the elevator pitch or acing the video interview – you could get lost in the shuffle, says executive recruiter Judy Kirby.
“There’s security and safety in doing things that are known,” says CIO Aaron Miri, who believes the hallmark of a great leader is being willing to step out of the comfort zone and take risks.
Sometimes all it takes is a simple question – ‘Did you know this was happening?’ – to close the gap between senior executives and those on the front line, and help determine the best possible solutions, says CIO Aaron Miri.
It’s just as important for CIOs to able to communicate the vision as it is to create it, says Kathy Ross, who talks about the critical role mentors and professional organizations can play in developing leaders.