2. Recently, I was the only woman at a CIO roundtable with 31 men. As a female IT leader, you stick out. Benefit from this surprise effect and the attention you gain. Show your passion for IT and make clear, what you want to achieve. "Women and Technology" is a particularly exciting topic and a very good match. It’s all about the interface between technology and people, about bringing the right people together to make the technology functional.
3. Communicate your goals. I explicitly communicated my goal to become CIO. This makes it concrete for yourself and allows others to support you. In this case, networks are an important element. I am in a couple of IT networks as well as in women-oriented networks. The basic idea: networks can inform and support especially through connections.
Ghada Ijam, CIO, Amtrak
Ghada Ijam, CIO, Amtrak. Credit: Amtrak
Women thrive in companies that embrace equality, diversity and inclusivity in all ranks. Those who grow into the leadership ranks in technology have a set of characteristics that are extremely valuable to companies and their bottom lines. At their core, these women are naturally driven, and they are committed to personal growth. They excel at managing change and handling difficult situations, which speaks to their ability to adapt and adjust.
These women also place a high value on Emotional Intelligence (EQ). They use their EQ to build relationships and networks, maneuver organizational politics, and recruit the right mentors and champions to promote them. These women have learned the art of balancing work and life, which makes them masters at multitasking, balancing competing priorities, delegating, recruiting talent, and outsourcing work to get the desired results. They’re also leaders in their own right, as more women are following in their footsteps.
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