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What Makes a Great Tech Leader?

Autonomy, honesty and integrity top the list, Canadian IT workers say


With Canada’s newest Prime Minister kicking off an energetic first year in office, and the U.S. presidential election just around the corner, the conversation around what makes a great leader is top of mind for many people. Recently, Robert Half Technology asked IT professionals which tech leaders they admire most. While a wide range of responses were given, three tech trailblazers prevailed: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos.

But what makes a great leader? IT workers weighed in when they were asked, “Which one of the following characteristics is most important for an IT leader to possess?” Their responses:

Trusts their employees and empowers them to make important decisions 32%
Acts with honesty and integrity 26%
Establishes a vision, is confident and believes they can make a difference 17%
Radiates a positive attitude and inspires their employees 15%
Innovates and pushes the envelope creatively 10%
Total 100%

“Technology professionals need the freedom to be able to explore new ways of solving complex IT challenges, which is what great managers empower their teams to do,” said Deborah Bottineau, senior regional manager of Robert Half Technology. “Leaders who cultivate an open and creative work culture demonstrate that they trust their employees and share their vision for innovative business growth.”

About the Survey
The survey was developed and conducted by Robert Half Technology and includes responses from more than 8,000 IT workers in North America. https://www.roberthalf.ca/technology”