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Drawing Inspiration from the Women Leaders in Tech

December 22, 2015

It is not an unknown fact that women, who break into the tech industry, do not have an easy way climbing to the top. They are often treated differently than their male counterparts and as they speak up about the issues, it is not welcomed in the industry.

However, if you observe at the flip side some of the most powerful people in tech strangely happen to be women. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, IBM CEO Virginia “Ginni” Rometty, HP CEO Meg Whitman, Apple Senior VP Angela Ahrendts, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz and Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer are some of the most powerful women in tech.

As these techies spill the beans to inspire more women leadership in technology, here are some cool inspirational bytes to remember:

Sheryl Sandberg is quoted, “The things that hold women back, hold them back from sitting at the boardroom table and they hold women back from speaking at the PTA meeting. Every woman I know, particularly the senior ones, has been called too aggressive at work. We know in gender blind studies that men are more aggressive in their offices than women. We know that. Yet we’re busy telling all the women that they’re too aggressive. That’s the issue.”

“Leadership is not bullying and leadership is not aggression. Leadership is the expectation that you can use your voice for good. That you can make the world a better place.”

Marissa Mayer has been quoted as, “Work for someone who believes in you, because when they believe in you they’ll invest in you. If you can find something that you’re really passionate about, whether you’re a man or a woman comes a lot less into play. Passion is a gender-neutralizing force.”

Susan Wojcick, the CEO of YouTube believes, “Today, most young women are exposed to technology at a very young age, with mobile phones, tablets, the Web or social media. They are much more proficient with technology than prior generations since they use it for all their school work, communication and entertainment.”

See: Where are All the Women in Tech?

“At the end of the day, both men and women who become CEOs have showed tenacity and hard work to succeed in their careers. It takes not just skills but also extreme dedication and commitment. And regardless of gender, CEOs are measured by the same criteria – the growth and success of the business.”

Sharing the biggest leadership lesson learned through years, Safra Catz, co-CEO of Oracle shares, “Listen, think and don’t be afraid to change your position based on new facts. Don’t just go through the motions in meeting after meeting. Your colleagues and employees have spent time and effort making a case and advocating for a position, so let them finish.”

“And don’t just listen to them, but hear their arguments and really think through their explanations. If something doesn’t make sense, give them the respect of asking tough questions. Think about what you’ve been told because if it doesn’t make sense to you, then it may not make sense at all.

HP CEO Meg Whitman shares her views about women leadership in technology and says, “I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about as a woman how I would manage differently – I was just happy to be managing. In some ways it was a blessing because I didn’t second-guess myself, I didn’t add that factor into my leadership style. Most of the entrepreneurs in technology companies in Silicon Valley are guys. This phenomenon of very few women entrepreneurs I think is not confined to but particularly prevalent in technology.”

These snip bytes of inspirational messages should lead you right and embrace change to welcome more women in technology in 2016 and beyond.

Also read: Are You Mincing the Lure for Technology with a Career in IT?

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