“CIO Leadership Profiles: Implications of Matching CIO Authority and Leadership Capability on IT Impact” is a research article by Preston, Leidner, and Chen published in the journal “MISQ Executive” in 2008. The paper examines the relationship between CIOs’ authority and leadership capability and the impact that IT has on organizations.
The authors begin by discussing the importance of CIOs having both authority and leadership capability to lead the IT function effectively. They argue that CIOs possessing both of these characteristics are more likely to align IT with business objectives and effectively lead IT projects.
The authors then present a study of CIOs in which they classify the CIOs into four different leadership profiles: “strategist-leader,” “technocratic leader,” “political leader,” and “operational leader.” The study finds that CIOs with high authority and leadership capability (the “strategist-leader” profile) have the most significant impact on IT within their organizations.
The study also finds that CIOs with high authority but low leadership capability (the “technocratic-leader” profile) has a moderate impact on IT. In contrast, CIOs with quiet control and low leadership capability (the “operational-leader” profile) have the most negligible impact on IT. The “political-leader” profile, which includes joint power but high leadership capability, has a mixed effect on IT.
The authors conclude that organizations should strive to match their CIOs’ authority and leadership capability with the organization’s goals and objectives. They argue organizations can achieve the most significant impact from IT by selecting CIOs with high power and leadership capability.
Overall, the article provides valuable insights into the relationship betweeCIOs’he authority and leadership capabilits and the impact that IT has on organizations. The study’s findings suggest that organizations should strive to match their CIO’s management and leadership capability with their overall business goals and objectives and that CIOs with high authority and leadership capability are more likely to have a more significant impact on IT.