Women and tech have a complicated relationship. It’s not that women aren’t interested or gifted or passionate about work in the tech industry; it

‘Good Managers Should Be Good Listeners’: How These Women Leaders Made Their Way Into Management

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Women and tech have a complicated relationship. It’s not that women aren’t interested or gifted or passionate about work in the tech industry; it’s the systemic issues that have historically made it difficult for women to break through the glass ceiling. 

And unfortunately, the issues persist. Women have always made up a small fraction of tech workers and an even smaller number of tech industry managers, but DDI’s most recent Global Leadership Forecast predicts these numbers will trend downward, even from the current statistic of 28 percent.

Studies have shown that modeling and mentoring can be powerful tools for minorities to find entry points into unfriendly industries and contexts. Built In Chicago sat down with four women leaders in tech to get their best advice for other women hoping to break into management.

The advice they shared ranged from finding good mentors to cultivating emotional intelligence, from taking initiative to seeking out continuing education specifically for managers. 

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