November 15, 2010 – Chicago-headquartered executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles International has developed, tested and launched a diagnostic tool to fill the gaps companies face in their drive to find the right IT leader to fit their specific needs. The tool helps evaluate the critical leadership competencies of a successful IT leader in their ability to influence and manage change, align technology to business goals as well as help stimulate innovation. "Clients consistently ask us how we assess CIOs as solid business leaders," said Gerry McNamara, global information officers practice, managing partner. "This carefully designed tool tackles that question head on for clients." Heidrick & Struggles is a provider of senior-level executive search and leadership advisory services, including succession planning, executive assessment, talent retention management, executive development, transition consulting for newly appointed executives, and M&A human capital integration consulting.