Federal Reserve CIO explains technology’s role in agency’s COVID-19 response | Federal News Network

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Technology played an important role in the Federal Reserves response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ghada Ijam, Federal Reserve System CIO joined Aileen Black on Leaders and Legends to discuss the need for technical leaders to partner with business owners and how technology was leveraged to keep the Federal Reserve System running during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Ijam shared her perspective that to be a successful leader you need to consider the situation. “Leadership is situational”, she said and added that you need to alter your approach depending on the situation and mission. Ijam early in her career worked for Intel and she recalls, Andy Groves saying, “Only the paranoid survive”. Ijam said “change is constant and a great leader needs to be always scanning the situation and adapt to be current”. Specifically as a tech leader, she said you need to engage with the business and be sure you lead with a results orientation. Ijam pointed out you should “lead with results as the goal and hold your team accountable to the results that matter”.

When asked about women and leadership, Ijam said she has had the opportunity to work with many brilliant leaders both men and women. One …

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