What does it take to be a good CTO?
What does it take to be a good CTO? It's important for every organization to understand what it means to be a good technology leader. Whether you are the CIO, CTO, CSO, or CDO, you own the technology at your company. In this episode, Andrew and Fahad are diving into what it means to be a great CTO, misconceptions in the industry, and sharing more helpful information on how to best work with CTOs in your organization.
It's important for every organization to understand what it means to be a good technology leader. It's not uncommon to have a CIO and a CTO in the organization. It all depends on what you value and how your organization is structured.
CTOs own technology at his/her company. Technology systems help operate the core of the business, the roadmap and/or vision for technology products, and the way the company operates internally.
More companies are now utilizing the role of a CTO, even small businesses and startups. Every business in 2019 is a digital/technology business. You can't avoid it. If you aren't using software in 2019, then you won't be in business in 2020 or 2021. When businesses adapt to technology, they need leaders who can execute the vision roadmap.
A CTO is the CTO for everyone, not just IT. It's about understanding how the business operates as a whole. You have to understand how marketing, sales, HR, and the core business works together so that you are able to deploy an effective technology strategy. It's less about technology and more about people.
It's also about bridging the gap between technology and business. You're there to help explain technology in an understandable way for people to understand what technology can do.
Last, CTOs have to understand that they own business enablement. In 2019 business enablement is technology. CTOs own how and why business is deployed and how it integrates within the business as a whole.
Being a great technology leader doesn't mean that you have to have Chief in your title or lead a massive team of people to victory. Being a technology leader is someone is passionate about technology, shows up to work every day, and showing people what technology can do. Great CTOs make people passionate about technology. They build technology warriors. Anyone can be a thought leader if they are willing to take a risk and immerse themselves. Don't hold back. Technology and innovation is everyone's responsibility. Innovation starts by everyones interest in creating a better environment. Get people excited about technology and you're going to win!
Fahad has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. He brings over 15+ years in Business Development, Strategy, Sales, Product, and Marketing in various industries such as software development and Internet of Things (IoT). His experiences have led him on an unwavering pursuit to meet thoughtful people and build thoughtful software.