What kind of CIO are you? CIOs are, by definition, managers and we all know that there are many different styles of management and leadership. While most of the leadership styles can be effective, whether any particular style is effective in any particular organization depends on whether individual style matches organizational culture and management techniques. Successful CIOs either modify their style to fit the group or manage to find an organization that's the perfect fit for their particular style. CIOs that can do neither spend a great deal of time polishing their resumes.
I have, through no scientific process whatsoever, come up with seven CIO management styles. Run through the list and then answer three questions for us. First, which style do you think is yours? That's important. Next, which style do you think your employees would say is yours? That may be the most important question. Finally, which style do you prefer to work for? It will be interesting to compare and contrast the answers!
Click on the image below to get started -- and let's see which management style is most often found in the E2 community!
I'm thinking that as far as working for one of these types of CIO it would be the Nurse. With a nurse as your project manager or team manager, everyone in the group feels their needs are met and can be happy producer. The doctors may come in and "pull rank" but the loyalty lies on the nurse that cares for things like flexible scheduling, skills you are trying to improve to be a better asset to the company, and how to please the client without giving away the store.
@Marif Ooh, you're right. If the HR people are themselves being encouraged to work overtime -- without being paid overtime -- then they may be less inclined to help out when an employee from a different department registers a complaint about their own extra hours.
@sara: you are right many employers expect you to be there after working hours. And if this culture is coming from the top than same practice would be followed in other departments as well including the hr department. I think in most of the cases employers are aware such practices in their company.
@a.saji True -- that after working hours it's your decision whether you continue working or not -- but it seems that most employers expect you to do a little more. (Or a lot more.) I wonder how many people go to their HR departments to complain about that.
@Ashish, I love this quote and the sentiments. One of our bloggers (George Colombo) once gave me this wonderful piece of wisdom: "Everyone is self-employed. Some people just choose to have one big customer." That changed the way I looked at things the first time I was earning a living as a free-lance writer and it's helped me keep a valuable since of balance ever since.
@Shamika, the firefighter can be a great model when there's a fire. The problems I've seen occur when people are so good at being firefighters that they'll run around "setting fires" when things are running smoothly -- working with someone who absolutely must be in crisis mode all the time can be frustrating and exhausting.
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