Expert advice on combining soft skills with hard techniques to fundamentally revolutionise relations with the Board. There is often a large gap in the relationship between the CIO and the Board. There is a disparity between their priorities and modes of communication, with Board members often distrusting CIOs despite their technical excellence. Are you a stereotypical IT Leader? Although the typical aspects of the stereotypical IT Leader are extremely valuable, they are often regarded as incompatible, not only with the Board, but also with modern business strategy, which now tends to emerge through a process of ongoing dialogue in response to ill-defined, dynamic and often unpredictable market conditions. Master soft skills In order to break into the Board s confidence and help to lead their organisation, CIOs must now become masters of the soft skills, and deal with imperfectly seizing the unknown, rather than working to perfect the known. Strike a balance bring innovation and success Incorporating the latest business thinking, this book explains how the IT Leader can strike this balance, evolve into the CTO Chief Transformation Officer and really contribute to the development and success of business enterprises.