Original Date: 08/20/2001
Revision Date: 12/14/2006
Best Practice : Leadership Development Program
The Leadership Development Program helps ensure that future leaders of Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Surface Systems are fully trained in the business and operations of the company. This cadre of employees will contribute to the company’s future competitive edge.
Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Surface Systems (NE&SS-SS) developed and instituted a Leadership Development Program that is designed to attract, develop, and retain high potential professionals. The goal is to establish a pipeline of talent for future business and technical leadership positions within the company. Each of the five business units (communications, finance, engineering, operations, and human resources) in the company has an allocation that indicates the number of leadership development positions that they may have active at any given time. This allocation is based on the present and anticipated needs of the individual organizations.
The Leadership Development Program is an intense two- to three-year program offered to attract, develop, and retain future leaders who will contribute to the competitive edge of the company. Participants, along with their leadership mentors, develop a training plan that includes four to six rotational work assignments within the company. These assignments can be entirely within their functional areas (e.g., Finance, Operations) or be cross-functional rotations that provide a broader based experience. Along with the rotational assignments are educational opportunities such as further study to attain a Masters degree, Leadership Development Conferences within the company, specialized training to enhance technical skills, and strategic leadership skill training. The program allows participants to gain exposure to the Senior Leadership Team of the company.
Candidate selection for the Leadership Development Program is based on past performance of high potential and high performing individuals who apply or are nominated for participation. Each candidate undergoes several rounds of interviews and evaluations by senior management personnel of Lockheed Martin NE&SS-SS. An application for admittance to the program can be made by new hires and existing employees. In the case of new hires, their past accomplishments, academic records, involvement in community affairs, professional affiliations, leadership potential, etc. are all taken into consideration.
Leadership 21 provides Lockheed Martin NE&SS-SS with a cadre of trained and dedicated personnel to lead the company into the future. Graduates of the program gain a good understanding of the business as well as cultural aspects of the company.
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