Managing Tech Teams

Every industry swears it requires a unique set of leadership skills and practices. But no sector can make the case for uniqueness better than tech. Tech’s combination of high-velocity competition, global talent, dense geographic concentration, and interdependence among rivals is unmatched. While extreme anecdotes about tech culture make for fun social commentary, we wondered are they real and do they matter? Through in-depth interviews with senior and mid-level managers and a study of 3,500 employees, we found:

  • Seven culture challenges in Tech that require a unique set of leadership competencies
  • Leaders’ skill at managing these challenges is a powerful deciding factor of their teams’ overall performance
  • Management strategies tech leaders can use to address four key culture challenges