By Alix Tucker, Global Head of Sales, Strategy and Operations at Tanium

female leader, women leading the wayIn tech sales we need high-performing teams to meet our targets and thrive in challenging times. And without a doubt the highest performing teams have a common denominator: diversity.

We talk to Alix Tucker at Tanium about how she’s approached her leadership role and the lessons learnt along the way.

What does being a woman in leadership mean to you?

I believe when we can bring our whole selves to work and celebrate one another we can accomplish more together and have fun at the same time.  My leadership style leverages my ability to empathize with others, to be transparent, to support and empower my team, and to show strength and authenticity in who I am, a queer woman in a leadership role.

How has your organisation supported you in your personal and career journey?

Tanium has given me opportunities no other company has. Tanium has always believed I can achieve more than sometimes even I think I can – which is scary and exhilarating!  And after achieving great things, the leadership team at Tanium has given me the grace and permission to rest so that I can recharge and show up refreshed.

What can team members do to better support women at work?

Equal pay for equal work, which is something Tanium already is mindful of and is leading from the front on.  Allowing women to have a voice and to use it, sometimes asking someone’s opinion can really go a long way.  Take a chance on your female employees the way you do on your male employees, I promise we will rise to the challenge even if we are scared!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

From the great Maya Angelou, “when you know better, do better”.  I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life and career, but the important thing for me is that I become better.  One of my core beliefs is that I believe people are inherently good and doing the best they can and when we make mistakes it’s an opportunity to do better.

If you could share one message what would it be?

When we support all people, regardless of gender, race, or sexuality, everyone benefits.  This This life is not a zero-sum game, so let’s be kind, generous, and supportive to one another.  Our time is shaped by the small moments we choose to reach out and help another person so let us commit to that today and every day.

Alix TuckerAbout the author

Alix Tucker is Head of Global Sales Strategy and Operations at Tanium, leading sales planning, go-to-market design, compensation design and operations. At her previous company, Salesforce, Alix led equality workshops and various speaking engagements on her experience as a queer woman in leadership. Through her experiences, Alix has shaped her style to have the courage to show up authentically, lead with kindness and empower those around her. Outside of work, Alix and her fiancé are building a home and organic farm in Nicaragua where they give back to the local community through sustainable projects.


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