The 2018 Gartner Survey confirms the changing role of the CIOs. Did you know that 72 percent of CIOs acknowledge the challenge of treading the fine balance between business innovation and operational excellence? A key report estimates that four out of five CIOs believe their role has scaled in importance over the last five years. The impact of digitalization has evolved their role in the 21st Century enterprises.

Digital leaders who understand and adapt to furthering digital maturity leveraging digital transformation technologies will be able to achieve their business goals. After all, leaders are readers. Here we share the top picks from the must read books for CTO, CIOs and every digital leader.

Driving Digital: The Leader's Guide to Business Transformation Through Technology, By Isaac Sacolick

With digital transformation technologies pushing for greater innovation and growth, digital leaders are driving digital transformation to stay competitive and collaborative. Isaac Sacolick, former CIO of BusinessWeek and author of this book shares his journey and experience of digital transformation projects. Having successfully spearheaded several transformations, he has helped shape the best digital-business practices. In Driving Digital, he shares the lessons he’s learned along with a simple, structured, four-step action plan, guiding readers on how to take their enterprise and career into the future.

The New Science of Radical Innovation: The Six Competencies Leaders Need to Win in a Complex World, By Sunnie Giles

Businesses today constantly strive for game changing best practices to bring about radical innovation to thrive in the market. A new generation expert and a TEDx speaker on radical innovation, Sunnie Giles shares a transformative, breakthrough approach for effective leadership to produce radical innovation at the individual and organizational level. This book demonstrates the intricacies of leadership competencies one needs to sustain and lead organizational success. Sunnie Giles research on global leadership for innovation has been published by Harvard Business Review. 

The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results, By Rasmus Hougaard, Jacqueline Carter

How do we apply leadership development strategy for a more people-centric organization to achieve great business value? Despite billions spent on leadership development, there is yet a gap in leaders engaging with their teams, concludes The Mind of the Leader. Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter go beyond the problem to offer a practical and radical solution. Their use of inspiring examples from Accenture, McKinsey & Company, LinkedIn, etc. redefines an effective leader. It further highlights the new approach of leadership with people at the center of it all, with what they call the MSC Leadership Mind to survive in today’s challenging enterprise environment.