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Lauren Knausenberger

Deputy CIO, U.S. Air Force

Deputy CIO, U.S. Air Force

When Lauren Knausenberger took over as deputy CIO of the Air Force in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, not only did she need to learn how to lead differently in an organization of such a large scale, but she also had to adjust to leading her team mostly remotely. “In large organizations, it’s almost just as important, sometimes more important, to be able to lead across an organization and help everyone to understand where the path is, and to pull everyone along,” she told FedScoop. And over the last year, it became even more apparent to Knausenberger just how important the role of a leader is. “The things that never change are taking care of people, setting a clear vision, building the coalitions — those things are always going to be in the recipe for success, especially during times of crisis, which boy has this year qualified for that,” she said. “People are looking for strong leadership…they want that constant drumbeat that things are going to be OK, a safe place to vent their frustrations and to really be human.”

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