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The role of IT leaders is experiencing a dramatic shift, moving away from just managing technology and toward developing business strategy. IT leaders now require expertise in both in business and technical areas, making the position CIO comparable in status to those of other C-level executives such as CEO, CFO, and COO. The number of organizations with a CIO has increased dramatically in response to the increase in the importance of information management, making the CIO the most recent addition to senior management for many organizations. This article discusses the attributes of top CIOs. Top CIOs consistently have the following traits: leadership skills, management skills, business experience, technical knowledge, outsourcing approach, personal traits.