Posted: 19 Dec 2018
Recently, the global VMware hosting provider Access Alto suggested that there are four distinct types of chief technology officer.
These four types of CTO are broken down as follows:
While it is interesting to look at these categories as an exercise in self-awareness, in reality, many CTOs have characteristics of more than one type. Until recently, leadership roles in technology were usually either externally focused like the role of the CTO, or internally focused like the role of the Chief Information Officer. However, today Eolas Recruitment is seeing new C-suite titles emerge reflecting the growing importance of data and technology across many different business sectors.
So, rather than focusing on CTO types, it is perhaps more useful to think about the competencies CTOs need in order to be effective members of their organisation’s leadership team. Technical competencies are a given along with project management and problem-solving capabilities. Without the required qualifications and technical expertise, IT professionals are unlikely to progress to a CTO role.
Aspiring CTOs need to continuously update their own capabilities and those of their teams. This had implications not just for individuals but also for organisations in terms of how they provide learning opportunities, performance management and career development.
Once in a senior role, technical skills alone will not make the CTO a good leader. In an environment where technology is transforming many sectors of the economy, it is vital that CTOs keep up with sectoral, legal and regulatory changes. Collaboration has become very important in some sectors so CTOs with strong communication and interpersonal skills have an advantage. Softer skills don’t always come naturally but they can be developed through continuous professional education, self-directed learning, coaching and experience.
When it comes to career progression, there is no shortage of opportunities for high performing C-suite IT professionals. Data analytics, data protection, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence are just some of the areas gathering momentum. As well as roles for CTOs, Eolas Recruitment is seeing increased demand for Chief Information Officers, Chief Data Officers, Chief Digital Officers and so on. Not all opportunities are advertised and not all potential candidates will want to show their interest in making a move from their current employer. However, if you are interested in making a move, it’s never too early to have a confidential chat with one of our specialist recruiters. That way you’ll be on our radar when a suitable opportunity arises.
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