Sonya M. Christian, 2013 Honoree

West Georgia Health
LaGrange, Ga.
A recent example of your leadership style:
I love one-on-one mentoring. While I actively participate in a formal mentoring program for IT executives, I love the informal opportunities. These may present themselves as offering advice on project portfolio management, facilitating for specific outcomes or building executive relationships. Growing people is what it's all about.
Characteristic most important in an IT hire:
Empathy is one of the most important traits that I look for when hiring. I believe it is important for an IT staff member to be able to put themselves in the shoes of their customers.
A career highlight:
I had the privilege of serving on the disaster team for a hospital during Hurricane Katrina. I learned so many positive lessons regarding teamwork, compassion and the capacity each individual has to rise to a difficult challenge.
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