CIO Straight Talk - Issue 11 - 24

In an industry
roiled by change,
IT leadership is
crucially important.
A veteran executive
urges his peers to
thoughtfully assess
their leadership
strengths and
weaknesses.

I

recently received an email from someone
I have mentored over the years, in which he
described what he liked about my approach
to leadership. It's not every day you get
fan mail from a direct report, and this note
from Raghavendra Manavalli, our Director of
Development in India, prompted me to stop and
really think about my "leadership style."

THE EMAIL LED ME TO CONSIDER
WHAT LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES
I HAVE MADE MY OWN AND
SHOULD CONTINUE TO REINFORCE
AND REFINE.

I'm a senior executive at a $1.8 billion company,
and anyone in my position clearly has done
some things right to reach this level. But I had
never really looked at myself from the outside
and identified what had made me a successful
leader. Raghu's email led me to consider what
leadership principles I have made my own and
should continue to reinforce and refine. It also
got me reflecting on whether I sometimes have
fallen short of adhering to those principles.
Because I found this exercise useful, I thought
that others might benefit from a similar selfassessment. We've all read helpful books on
leadership, but you can't adopt every good piece
of advice. You must develop your own approach,
honing it over time. Identifying and articulating
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CIO Straight Talk - Issue 11

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