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Six must-have skills for aspiring CIOs

At the top of every organization is the boss, the man or woman who has the ultimate responsibility for making decisions, setting directions, and making sure the job gets done right. The position comes with perks and pressures. And while many may yearn to have the word "chief" in their title, not everybody is cut out for such a challenge.

Only "a select few" have the makings of a Chief Information Officer, says Peter High, president of Metis Strategy and author of "World Class IT: Why Businesses Succeed When IT Triumphs".

"The average person who joins an IT department certainly does not have the makeup to be a CIO, just as the average person in finance does not have the makeup to be a CFO," he says.

Here's what it takes to earn the much-vaunted acronym of 'CIO' on your business card:

Business acumen. So you know how to put out fires and you have every technical certification known in the industry. But technical know-how is simply a base requirement for the position of CIO. Instead, High says, "What really separates the leaders from the rest of the pack is some significant business acumen."

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