IT Management Slideshow: How Female Leadership Traits Can Benefit IT

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-12-2010

How Female Leadership Traits Can Benefit IT

The trait: Women tend to be "people persons" who gravitate toward social-media resources.

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The takeaway: Get to know your staff, colleagues, customers personally so they'll be more emotionally invested in mutual success.

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The trait: Women often know what they're not.

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The takeaway: There's no shame to admit that you don't know everything, and ask for expertise from your staff/outside parties.

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The trait: Women are listeners.

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The takeaway: Gauge what your customers (internal/external) are saying about what your department provides -- as opposed to adopting a "you'll take what we produce and like it" approach.

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The trait: Women seek social-media tools that are easy to use and even "fun."

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The takeaway: The solutions/upgrades your department provides are useless if no one understands how to use them - or wants to.

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The trait: Women find happiness in sharing rewards.

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The takeaway: Share the wealth of success with staff. It will motivate them to achieve more in the future.

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The trait: Women care how they're perceived.

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The takeaway: The "My way or the highway" approach with your department will wear thin and lead to retention problems and conflict.

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The trait: Women understand that business IS personal.

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The takeaway: It's not about being the best CIO. It's about being a CIO that people WANT to see succeed.

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The trait: Women seek collaboration/consensus.

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The takeaway: Don't implement organization-wide tech initiatives without understanding the needs/desires of all departments.

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