The 2021 Women Leaders in Technology: Julie McPherson

Julie McPherson  

Booz Allen Hamilton

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Julie McPherson has had countless female mentors in her 25 years at Booz Allen Hamilton says there’s a piece of advice she has received in many different forms—that you can’t solve every problem at once. “Even if you know the answer (if there is one), effective leaders don’t try to tackle every piece of it. They bring the right set of stakeholders and experts together to get to the destination in the optimal way and they account for diverse perspectives and experiences. As someone who likes to jump in and fix things, it’s an important reminder that many things can’t just be fixed—those things need patience and true leadership, rather than unilateral decisions.” She adds, “Just as importantly, now more than ever, is understanding that everyone working for you has a life. You never know where someone is on their journey and what a person is going through. At the end of the day, we’re all 100% human, and leaders need to account for imperfection, create space for people to make mistakes, and then support them on their way back up.

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