Leadership Development Programs

The foundations of the Pathways learning and development programs | The 9 Executive Core Competencies & the Journey to the Future-State

The concept…….The CIO role is composed of three fundamental leadership types:


Functional/Operational Head Business

Relationship = Service provider

Focus = Internal


Transformational Leader Business

Relationship = Partner

Focus = Enterprise


Business Strategist (Future-State CIO) Business

Relationship = peer

Focus = External

Each ICT Leader spends some portion of their time across all three leadership types however, as leaders develop and advance their careers’ they should minimise the time they spend focusing on functional/operational activities and maximise the time spent working as a transformational leader and business strategist (Future-State CIO) as this is where leaders provide game-changing innovation within their organisations

The question then becomes how to achieve this transition….. To answer this, the CIO Executive Council partnered with leading global talent firm Egon Zehnder who had performed over 25,000 face-to-face C-level assessments in order to identify the 9 executive core competencies most crucial to C-success.

Functional/Operational Head Transformational Leader Business Strategist (Future-state CIO)

People & Organisational Development

Developing the long-term capabilities of others and the organisation as a whole, and finding satisfaction in influencing or even transforming someone’s life or career.

Strategic Orientation

The ability to think long-term and beyond one’s own area involving three key dimensions: business awareness, critical analysis and integration of information, and the ability to develop an action-oriented plan.

Market Knowledge

Understanding the market in which a business operates, including the competition, the suppliers, the customer base and the regulatory environment.

Team Leadership

Focusing, aligning and building effective groups both within one’s immediate organisation and across functions.

Change Leadership

Transforming and aligning an organisation through its people to drive for improvement in new and challenging directions.

External Customer Focus

Serving and building value added relationships with customers or clients.

Collaboration & Influence

Working effectively with, and influencing those outside of, your functional area for positive impact on business performance.

Commercial Orientation

Identifying and moving towards business opportunities, seizing chances to increase profit and revenue.

Results Orientation

Being focused on improvement of business results.

Defining the future role and cataloging the competencies that would take ICT leaders there was only a first step. In 2009, Council members pushed for more—they wanted to help the profession make the journey from Functional Head to a Business Strategist. Although a single prescription for advancing the role is impossible because ICT leaders circumstances are all different, members wanted a general roadmap and guidance.

Enter…..The Journey to the Future-State framework….

The Journey Framework (see below) was created by a group of 50+ Council CIOs from

Fortune 500 companies such as Chevron, Bayer, Toyota, Shell, H & R Block and Raytheon. The framework uses the 9 core competencies as the foundation and matches them with the associated 3 CIO archetypes. It provides leaders with a roadmap to follow in order to transition into a Future-State CIO delivering strategic, game changing advantage to their organsations.

Download the Journey to the Future-State framework

Download more information on the 9 Executive Core Competencies