1. Building effective relationships
Ability to build sustainable stakeholder relationships internally and externally with communities of customers, suppliers and others, conscious of diversity and cohesiveness across varied cultures.
2. Shaping the future
Beyond creative thinking to radical thinking, fearless leadership, and entrepreneurship that goes beyond the comfort zone.
3. Energising the team
Ability to seize initiative and create environments where people can excel, diversity is valued, lifelong learning is encouraged and achievements are rewarded. Ability to create and support leaders, not followers, thereby stimulating the entire business to flourish.
4. Delivering true results
Ability to raise the bar, meet daunting challenges and deliver results via innovation paths that may be neither straight nor smooth. Possession of strength and courage to execute and learn: To make the tough decisions sooner and get it right more quickly.
5. Personal excellence, integrity and accountability
Leading by example to establish a sound foundation for others by modelling personal excellence, using tools such as 360-degree self-actualisation, and adhering to ethical standards, integrity and accountability.
6. Skill and competency
Maintenance of skill and competency by continuing focus on learning and development, both academically and experientially, using business reference frameworks such as Six Sigma.
Be authentic, credible and trustworthy, or risk contaminating the business’ vision, diminishing your authority and influence, and inhibiting the implementation of true leadership.
Full spectrum organisations require full spectrum leaders. Full spectrum organisations are the most successful organisations on the planet.
Bruce Carlos is CIO for the Australian Fashion Guide and has a background in business transformation, strategic reform, mergers & acquisitions, shared services, business-aligned IT and information security. He is a founding member of the CIO Executive Council of Australia. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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