One of the questions in the “IT Trend Survey” released on Monday at SIMposium 09 dealt with how IT leaders spend their time. On average, CIOs spend 76% of their time on non-technical stuff, as you can see in the chart at the bottom of this article.

This is a wedge issue for CIOs. They need to spend enough time engaged directly in IT to keep their technical knowledge sharp and maintain the respect of their staff, but they also need to establish themselves as business leaders, and not just technologists, with the company’s top brass.

The chart below provides a breakdown of how CIOs are spending their time, based on the SIM survey.