You’re only as good as your direct reports. Here’s how to build a senior leadership team that makes breakthrough contributions to your business.

The CIO of the future is the one whose senior IT team creates breakthroughs in its industry. How do CIOs build a senior leadership team of this caliber? The confidence to create breakthrough ideas comes from a culture where your senior people feel secure and know that you have their back. They feel comfortable enough to try new things and to experiment with new ideas, even foolish ones. They know that they will not be punished; rather, they’ll be praised for trying something new. They feel comfortable working together and are comfortable having hard conversations when tension is high and the pressure is on.
Executives do three key things that have consistently proved to build a culture of confidence:

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