Do you have the qualities of a good leader? Test your leadership IQ

The qualities of a good leader transcend industry, organization and circumstance. In IT, CIOs and other executives have been under increasing pressure to inspire their people, do more with less and deliver results efficiently.

Do you know what it takes to embrace the qualities of a good leader as an IT executive? Take our quiz and find out.

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1. What phrase does leadership author Jason Jennings use to differentiate conventional leaders from great leaders?
2. According to Chris Patrick, a consultant in the technology practice at Egon Zehnder International Inc., CIOs have to show quick results. How long do they have?
3. Which of the following is not considered a CIO career killer?
4. According to a study by McBer and Co., what percentage of employees say an organization's climate can be traced to the actions of one person: the organization's leader?
5. Leadership style is an important aspect of project management. According to Michael Hanford, project and portfolio management service research director at Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner Inc., what traditional project management model is fading?
6. Which of the following attributes is most attractive for Scott McGill, director of administrative information services at Michigan State University, in evaluating job candidates?
7. True or false: Susan Cramm, former CIO of Taco Bell and now a leadership coach and founder of Valuedance in San Clemente, Calif., says CIO should give up some control to business unit managers.
8. According to the Plan-Do-Check-Act, which is essential to any IT Infrastructure Library implementation, a leader must ensure the Check portion of the cycle is acted on and executed. To do that, the leader must establish a culture that encourages ______.

This was first published in September 2009

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