It was interesting to hear all the speakers note that there were too fewer women in our field, and that as you go higher you tend to see fewer technical women, and that they would like to change that.
The panelists gave some interesting characteristics of good technical leaders:
- Being a technical leader requires passion about technology and the work
- You need to be able to work well with your team by setting an example, dividing the work and making it a partnership
- Give credit to people who help make the work happen, and take responsibility for the mistakes
- You have to be competent technically
- Take on a high-risk project that no one wants and that will help you build your career
- it's ok to work on a project that fails, just like Fran mentioned in her talk
- Above all, take risks!!
- Every person (i.e. on your team) needs to feel like you acknowledge them and listen to them
- Celebrate and recognize successes
- Leadership happens through conversations: every interaction is an opportunity for leadership and influence
Have you used any of these tips in your own career? Or, if you are a student, do you see ways to use these ideas in your student life?