Original Date: 08/20/2001
Revision Date: 12/14/2006
Best Practice : Leadership 21
Leadership 21 operates as a business strategy to systematically advance Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Surface Systems’ leadership capabilities. The program addresses the changing marketplace, the changing workforce dynamics, and the rapid expansion and application of technology.
Previously, development program learning opportunities for current and future leaders were provided by a variety of disconnected sources (e.g., local leadership courses, university programs, Lockheed Martin Institutes). In 1999, Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Surface Systems (NE&SS-SS) developed Leadership 21 as a business strategy to systematically advance the company’s leadership capabilities.
Leadership 21 addresses the changing marketplace, the changing workforce dynamics, and the rapid expansion and application of technology. It operates as a business strategy to gain a competitive advantage through employees; improve current and future performance and competitiveness; address cultural and leadership challenges; and attract, retain, grow, and motivate talent. The program is based on a well-researched Leadership Competency Model with six capabilities: building productive relationships, developing human talents, facilitating meaningful change, communicating on purpose, optimizing business processes, and making insightful decisions. Each capability is supported by 24 relevant competencies, all of which have assessment tools, feedback reports, development planning based on personal feedback, and development actions (e.g., training, self-study, rotational assignments). Additional features of Leadership 21 include an extensive leadership resource library made up of relevant books, CD-ROMs, articles, a mentoring program, and individual coaching. The program has been expanded to other sites within Lockheed Martin as the preferred Leadership Development Model, and is currently being considered as the Leadership Development Program of choice for the entire Lockheed Martin Corporation.
Leadership 21 is creating an environment that taps into the talents of every employee, improving productivity and profitability, and ultimately placing Lockheed Martin NE&SS-SS in the best position possible to execute and achieve its long-range business strategy. Leadership 21 sharpens employee focus and direction; harnesses discretionary employee energy; fosters a learning environment; contributes to a common language and culture; enhances manager- employee relationships; and helps leaders proactively manage change.
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