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Chris DeRusha

Federal CISO, Executive Office of the President/Office of Management and Budget

Federal CISO, Executive Office of the President/Office of Management and Budget

Federal CISO Chris DeRusha doesn’t know what the future of work will look like after the pandemic, and he finds that “exciting,” he told FedScoop. However, he does “think the pandemic has permanently altered expectations for the vast majority of the workforce though, and employers are going to have to grapple with what changes to make permanent to ensure they retain talent.” As a leader, DeRusha has learned over the past year that people are resilient and “they will follow you through hard times and situations as long as they believe you care about their needs and believe you are doing your best to lead them in the right direction,” he said. “You aren’t always going to land on the optimal path or make the best decision when faced with crisis moments, but if you are consistent about communicating your thought process and responding to feedback, you can earn a pretty long rope with the people you lead and get to outcomes that everyone can accept.”

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