Information security is a complex issue and Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) are faced with various challenges. Additional research is needed to study the role of CISOs in attaining information security compliance. In this paper, we follow path-goal theory of leadership as a theoretical lens to understand how CISOs can be more effective information security leaders. We present a research model for effective security leadership with emphasis on security member characteristics, organizational environment and security motivation process. This paper suggests that CISOs leadership behaviors must be tailored to communicate and influence subordinates’ perception as well as paths to the attainment of information security goals.