Anke Sax – Leadership Is Not About Having All The Answers

Anke Sax has interviewed 40 CIOs and wrote a PhD thesis based on that. She has dedicated years of her career to figuring out how accomplished digital leaders manage their departments and company strategy. Anke was also chosen CIO of The Year 2019 in Germany and she has 30 years of executive experience in the financial sector – both on the business side and the IT side.

In today’s episode of Leadership Deep Dive, she talks with Hendrik Deckers about the difference between a CIO and IT leader, about making the best decisions by listening to the team, engaging ambitious IT talent and the future of IT organisations.

01:05 – Introduction: Anke Sax
01:40 – Anke’s most accomplished transformation programs
04:40 – Second transformation program: Building a market strategy for the bank
11:20 – Anke’s management style and leading an IT team without an engineering background

“A leader should moderate the process and ask the right questions to get the best answers. I don’t think that a leader should always have all the answers.”

15:12 – Best practices for organizing an IT department
17:25 – How has the role of a CIO changed over the last 10 years?
19:00 – The future of IT departments
19:50 – The key to engaging top IT talent
21:20 – Anke’s leadership style
23:30 – How to train listening skills
24:15 – Making companies more agile

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