Name: Yashih W.
Location: New York, NY
School: Harvard Business School
Current Rotation: Consulting
What attracted you to the GM LDP program?
Where better to learn how to successfully run a business than from one of the world's largest corporations and best-known brands? Especially one that has ridden through top and bottom but has stayed unwaveringly focused on creating the type of positive impact that has truly helped reshape today's societies. My goal coming out of business school was to get as much depth and breadth of general management experiences as possible while having the opportunity to apply my skills both in the US and in China, where I eventually hope to make my own mark. IBM's GM LDP gives me a fantastic platform to grow and learn to become the type of leader I admire under the aegis of my IBM mentors.
What is your definition of a leader?
A leader is someone who knows when to listen and when to speak. She is someone who inspires others to reach their individual potential while working together to achieve a collective vision or goal. A leader is someone who is adaptable to changing landscapes but is capable of holding her ground based on a set of solid personal principles. She is someone who has a purpose and works to make the journey of reaching that end goal as meaningful and impactful as possible.