If a PMO is not acting strategically, then it is missing the point completely. As such, PMO leaders must always have their eyes on the bigger picture. In a post for the PM Perspectives Blog, Rebecca Leitch identifies some of the specific skills PMO leaders must have in order to be strategic.
For one, they should develop wide peripheral vision, learning as much as they can about the business as a whole across its functions. They can leverage that knowledge to make allies for the PMO in the business. PMO leaders also need excellent adaptation and risk management skills. Leitch notes that this should include an ability to distinguish strategically important projects from unimportant projects, particularly because it is possible for a PMO to do a great job of running a project that does not actually support strategy. But with the projects that do support strategy, PMO leaders must be able to convey their significance to individuals at various levels across the organization.
So in essence, PMO leaders are fierce, persistent cheerleaders with far-reaching vision. That makes for an interesting visual. You can view the original post here: http://www.esi-intl.co.uk/blogs/pmoperspectives/index.php/the-strategic-skills-pmo-leaders-must-possess/