It is well known that there is a gender gap within the tech industry when it comes to leadership. According to a survey conducted by PwC, only 5% of women in the industry hold leadership positions.
Leadership is an in-demand skill that encompasses many different styles. In order to become a leader within the industry, not only do you need technical knowledge, you also need a variety of soft skills.
As part of our #WomenInTechQA series, we speak with inspiring women in the industry who talk about their experiences and offer advice to others navigating a career in tech. We recently spoke with Jenny Heinze, VP of Automotive and Mobility at DMI, who highlighted key skills needed to become an effective senior leader.
We’ve listed them here to help you develop your skillset and tackle this disparity within the tech industry.
You can listen to Jenny’s full podcast episode below!
Perhaps the most consistent and talked about skill when looking to lead a team of people effectively is communication.
Good communication is vital to delivering results. It ensures that all members of your team understand what is required of them and how they can achieve their set goals.
Particularly within the past year, communication came to the forefront of everyone’s mind as we moved towards a remote working environment. To adapt to this work-from-home setup, leaders had to not only clearly convey they expectations, but also think of innovation ways to bring everyone together and create that sense of ‘team’ outside of the office.
This will undoubtedly remain an important skill in the years to come.
Being an effective leader doesn’t mean that you won’t face issues.
The mark of a great leader is the ability to solve problems with innovative solutions, potentially before they even arise. These could be either technical problems or personnel matters.
One of the main purposes of a leader is to motivate their team members. A big motivator for others is their career and ambitions.
Helping to develop the careers of your team will enable them to get more involved in the goals of the company ultimately leading to increased retention.
With regard to women in tech, guiding other female members of your team and wider organisation to pursue a leadership position, will help to increase the number of visible role models within the industry and reduce the gender gap.
If you would like to join Jenny as part of our Q&A series, get in touch today! We’d love to hear from you.