The CIO Executive Council has found in its latest research that CIOs are concerned about their communications skills and as a result this is damaging the ability of CIOs and the IT department to meet the needs of business.

The IT Communications in Crisis study by the CIO Executive Council, a membership organisation of predominantly US CIOs, although it does have a global remit, finds the CIO role under delivering because of a weakness in communications skills.

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Members of the CIO Executive Council were surveyed for the Power of Effective IT Communications Survey between January 12 and February 28 of 2015 and 205 responded.

The survey concludes that: “The most challenging goal for IT leaders was building IT’s brand as an innovator for the business.”

The CIO Executive Council found 59% of CIO considers themselves partly or completely ineffective at communications, an increase of over 10% since the same survey was carried out in 2014.

While the CIO 100, published by this title, seeks to highlight the transformational role of the CIO in UK business, the findings from the CIO Executive Council suggest the CIO role across the world is not as healthy as here in the UK. The majority of respondents described their role as being a service provider.

CIO Plus members can read our full analysis here and from this article download the CIO Executive Council article.