What does it take to be a successful CIO? | CIO Magazine October 25, 2017 Stephanie Solyon Off Conferences The CIO role requires an unusual ability to be both a big picture strategist and an execution oriented leader who can pay attention to details. It also helps to be surrounded by good people with a diverse skillset. Previous: Where does innovation belong in the IT Organization? Next: Do you have what it takes – to be a successful CIO?