As we evaluate the human capital aspect required for leading and managing a robust, future-focused IT operation today, the skills / knowledge (skills) required today are fundamentally different from the required skills of the past.
Current research tells us that organizations perform much better when their IT department has a seat at the strategic table and has the business skills to innovate, transform, and speak the language of the business. These are easy concepts to talk about, but much harder to implement and measure.
The ability to innovate, transform and speak the language of the business requires multiple, interdependent business skills. Just being technically competent is no longer adequate. The successful IT leader must be able to perform at sustainable peak levels for all the necessary business skills and here’s the challenge. When we speak with the C-Suite, below are the skills they expect from their senior IT leadership: