Many C-level executives dream to leave their specific/technical old management job to move to a more general form of management. So CIO aim to leave their IT oriented management to reach a CEO, GM or similar position.
In this article, Carrie Mathews writes about some studies on this topic. It’s a bit long but there are interesting ideas like the following three they get analyzing assessments of 25000 executives in the Egon Zhender Database:
- People and Organizational Development scores are relatively low for all types of executives assessed, particularly CFOs.
- Outstanding CIO scores slightly surpass good CEO scores on most competencies.
- Outstanding CEOs —the most well-rounded strategic leaders —perform significantly better than outstanding CIOs only in Market Knowledge and External Customer Focus.
I’m not surprised by 2 and 3 (even if 3 has to make me think), I’m more surprised on 1 and what Mathews call ‘the Management Vacuum‘:
When it comes to People and Organizational Development, from the CEO on down, C-level executives are relatively poor performers. […] The CEOs I spoke with are definitely aware of the need to focus more of their attention on people development
So what about all this ‘people is the key‘ buzzword that’s been written / said / communicated around?