IT Executives Personality Traits and Motivators

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Mid-level IT Executives - Psychographics

An exhaustive search of the public domain indicates that the information on the personality traits and motivations of IT executives below the C-suite level does not exist, and media coverage on the specified is scarce. The most relevant media mentions on the topic are the personality traits of great IT leaders, leadership skills needed to be a successful IT executive, among others. Below are our relevant findings and explicit methodology.

Sixteen personality traits of great IT leaders:

  • They always deliver results.
  • They are self-aware.
  • Continue to learn and grow.
  • Work through other people and delegate.
  • Have great communication skills.
  • They are authentic.
  • Are decisive.
  • Create a safe-to-fail environment.
  • Are adept at problem-solving.
  • Create a collaborative environment.
  • Have a sense of humor.
  • Have integrity.
  • Are empathetic.
  • Know their customers.
  • Think strategically.
  • Know their leadership style.

Common traits among top 100 IT executives by CRN:

  • Ability to manage through uncertainty.
  • Staying focused.
  • Ability to make big and tough decisions.

Eight leadership skills needed to be a successful IT executive:

  • Know your leadership style.
  • Focus on strategic communication.
  • Learn how to develop talented high-performance teams.
  • Develop a strong technology strategy.
  • Understand complex business problems.
  • Know how to lead in a crisis.
  • Be able to market IT to the business.
  • Know the corporate culture and be willing to change it.

Nine common personality traits of a successful company director:

  • The desire to go above and beyond.
  • A strong sense of innovation and creativity.
  • A calculated risk taker.
  • The desire to succeed.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent listening skills.
  • Open to learning new things.
  • The ability to learn from mistakes and missteps.
  • The ability to build professional relationships.

Top IT publications:

  • ComputerWorld
  • Redmond Magazine
  • Network Computing
  • CIO Magazine
  • Linux Magazine
  • Certification Magazine
  • Recode
  • 9to5Mac
  • The Next Web

Top 12 IT Influencers in 2019:

1. Graham Clule
2. Kara Swisher
3. Paul Asadoorian
4. Gary Vaynerchuk
5. Guy Kawasaki
6. Larry Kim
7. Dr. Mike Rucker
8. Tim O’Reilly
9. Matt Cutts
10. Chris Skinner
11. David Heinemeier Hansson
12. Christina Warren

RESEARCH STRATEGY:

We could not find any information pertaining to the research criteria, this is, any information specific to IT executives below the C-suite level and above manager level positions and any information specific to IT vice presidents and executive directors. We used the following strategies trying to find information to answer the research criteria.

Industry report and media publications

We began the research by directly searching for information on the personality traits and motivations of IT executives below the C-suite level. Since the research criteria have specifically asked to focus on executives such as vice-presidents and executive directors and not the C-suite or managers, we primarily searched for information related to IT leaders including vice-presidents and executive directors. The idea here was to find any industry report or media publication in the context of vice-presidents and executive directors in IT on the following data points as provided in the research criteria, this is, what media do they consume? What are their priorities? Do they see themselves as leaders? Geniuses? Engineers? What motivates them to run a tight ship when it comes to back up and network management/security ?
We came across articles such as the one published by CIO that provides information on traits of great IT leaders. However, the article is aimed towards all IT leaders and not specific to the vice presidents and executive directors. In addition, the article was published in 2013. Due to unavailability of any other recent sources and the article being published by Rich Hein, the Senior Managing Editor at CIO, hence, it has been included in the findings. Also, we found an article published by Business Achievers that provides information on the common traits of successful company directors. However, the article provides information on all the industries and do not provide any specific information related to successful directors in IT. Further, we searched for any information on the media consumed by the vice presidents and executive directors in IT. Here, we found a list of top IT publications for all IT professionals, however, none of the publications is specific to IT executives including the vice-presidents and executive directors. In addition, we came across another list of top IT influencers for all IT professionals, however, we could not find a list could that specifically targets the vice-presidents and executive directors in IT.

Job description and required skills

Since no pre-compiled personality traits, interests, and motivations of the IT executives could be found, we started to search for any information on the personality traits that companies look for in candidates for IT executive positions such as the vice presidents and directors in terms of their priorities, media consumption, motivation to run a tight ship, among other traits. We came across numerous articles such as the ones published by CIO that provides the information on the skills required to become a successful IT executive, however; the article does not specifically mention executive positions such as that of the vice presidents and directors. In addition, the article was published in 2013. Due to unavailability of any other recent sources and the article being published by Rich Hein, the Senior Managing Editor at CIO, hence, we have included it in the findings.

Descriptions of the top IT executives

Here, we started by searching for a pre-compiled list of the top IT executives. The idea here was to find any information on common personality traits and motivations of IT executives such as their priorities, media consumption, and motivation to run a tight ship. We came across numerous articles such as the one published by CRN which provides a list of top 100 executives and some of their common traits and motivations. However, most of the lists found included IT executives ranging from managers to C-suite level officers including various vice presidents and directors. In addition, the descriptions of the vice presidents and directors in the list mostly included details on their positions and achievements in their role and did not provide any useful information on their personality traits, interests, and motivations.

Academic research reports

Finally, we searched for any academic research papers and publications around the personality traits and motivations of IT executives below the C-suite level. We found numerous publications such as a white paper published by the Canadian Center of Science and Education that provides the personality traits for overall IT professionals, however, the article does not provide any specific information on executives below C-suite level. In addition, we could find no white papers or research studies on the executives in the backup and network management/security profession.
After exhausting the above strategies, we concluded that limited information is available on the personality traits and motivations of IT executives below the C-suite level and above manager-level positions. We could not triangulate the information because:
  • Most of the publications have published information on the overall IT leadership including the C-suite positions, hence, no information is readily available on the IT executives such as the vice presidents and executive directors.
  • Also, the publications on the top IT executives only provide information on their designation, accomplishments, and awards won, no information on the common personality traits and motivations could be found.


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