What Makes a Great Tech Leader? Autonomy, Honesty and Integrity Top the List, Canadian IT Workers Say

Survey Also Reveals Top Three Most Admired Technology Trailblazers

Toronto, ON – With Canada’s newest Prime Minister kicking off an energetic first year in office, and the U.S. presidential election just around the corner, the conversation around what makes a great leader is top of mind for many people. Recently, Robert Half Technology asked IT professionals which tech leaders they admire most. While a wide range of responses were given, three tech trailblazers prevailed: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos.

But what makes a great leader? IT workers weighed in when they were asked, “Which one of the following characteristics is most important for an IT leader to possess?” Their responses:

Trusts their employees and empowers them to make important decisions


Acts with honesty and integrity


Establishes a vision, is confident and believes they can make a difference


Radiates a positive attitude and inspires their employees


Innovates and pushes the envelope creatively




“Technology professionals need the freedom to be able to explore new ways of solving complex IT challenges, which is what great managers empower their teams to do,” said Deborah Bottineau, senior regional manager of Robert Half Technology. “Leaders who cultivate an open and creative work culture demonstrate that they trust their employees and share their vision for innovative business growth.”

About the Survey

The survey was developed and conducted by Robert Half Technology and includes responses from more than 8,000 IT workers in North America.

About Robert Half Technology

With 120 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at https://www.roberthalf.ca/technology. Follow blog.roberthalf.ca, and @RobertHalf_CAN on Twitter for additional workplace advice and hiring trends.

For further information contact: Naz Araghian, (416) 865-2140, [email protected] 

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