Shaun Bierweiler

Vice President and General Manager, Cloudera

Vice President and General Manager, Cloudera

“In order to lead, you have to be an active part of a team,” said Bierweiler, whose company provides data-visibility software to a wide range of defense and civilian agencies. Mentoring and empowering his staff “are non-negotiables when defining ‘effective leadership,’” he said, and they need to happen in conjunction with an open-door policy that “establishes a safe zone where experiences and concepts can be reviewed, discussed, and refined.” The government itself can develop more top leaders not just by finding ways to recruit top talent, but also providing “an environment and culture that allows for and rewards calculated risks and ‘stretch assignments,’” Bierweiler said.

Benjamin Freed

Written by Benjamin Freed

Benjamin Freed is the managing editor of StateScoop and EdScoop, covering cybersecurity issues affecting state and local governments across the country. He has written extensively about ransomware, election security, and the federal government's role in assisting states, localities and higher education institutions with information security.

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