About LEAD Growth Markets Program
The LEAD Growth Markets Program offers exceptional opportunity to build breadth and depth of skills and capabilities required for critical leadership roles at IBM. It is a comprehensive and systematic development program that fosters professional enrichment and career development through targeted rotational assignments and tailored development programs.
We're looking for candidates who are ready to be leaders throughout their career at IBM. If you have an interest in leading in a growth market, strong interpersonal skills, and the experience to influence and motivate others effectively, we invite you to explore and apply to the LEAD Growth Markets program.
The LEAD Growth Markets program participants will be placed in one of the four career paths - Sales, Consulting, Delivery, or Technical - that best aligns with their experience, capabilities and professional goals. Each career path provides a framework for developing capabilities which are most valued by our clients.
Throughout the course of the program, participants will have the opportunity to rotate through different assignments within the aligned career path to accelerate advancement in critical leadership roles in Growth Markets. Rotations are 1 to 1.5 years with at least one international assignment in the Growth Markets. Each rotation will focus on key developmental experiences which are imperative to develop professional skills, transform capabilities and prepare for greater responsibilities.
The placement will be to strategically determined roles within any of the Growth Market geographies: Central & Eastern Europe, Greater China Group, South Korea, ASEAN, India South Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Middle East & Africa and Latin America.
The program culminates in placement in a Critical Leadership role within our Growth Markets.
In this program, the participants will take advantage of IBM's world-class leadership development programs and networking experiences. Top Executives in Growth Markets provide one-on-one mentoring to program participants. This ensures our future leaders have the support, guidance, and insight to drive innovation and growth to make our planet smarter.
Rotation and Assignments
This program offers high-potential MBA graduates an exceptional opportunity to:
- Lead and excel
- Build depth and breadth of capabilities in the chosen career path
- Work with the best and brightest in business today
- Join a company where leadership matters
- Be part of an extraordinary team dedicated to building a smarter planet
Rotations consist of actual hands on roles which provide impactful key development experiences, career velocity and an opportunity to shoulder responsibility and accountability early on in a participant's career. Development focus for each rotation within the aligned career track:
- Rotation 1: Focus on core capabilities and skills
- Rotation 2: Build depth and breadth of capabilities
- Rotation 3: Strengthen capabilities
The program consists of three assignments over the course of 3 to 4.5 years, with 1 to 1.5 years per rotation. This includes at least one international assignment to gain first-hand knowledge and understanding of IBM's global organization and operation as a globally integrated enterprise. Additionally, a participant's position at the conclusion of the program is expected to be in a critical leadership role in Growth Markets.
Integrated and structured development approach with Education, Exposure and Experience learning elements for each career track and each rotation. Unprecedented access and 1:1 mentoring by the top notch Executives in Growth markets for all program participants throughout the duration in the program.
Professional and Leadership Development
At IBM, our Leadership Development philosophy is "Leaders Develop Leaders" i.e. the impact leaders have on the learning, development, and growth of potential leaders. The integrated learning approach consists of world class formal and informal learning programs to build professional and leadership skills.
Throughout the program, in addition to formal world class learning programs, participants will be afforded key opportunities to develop and demonstrate the following leadership competencies:
IBMers get energized by complex and challenging situations. We identify opportunities, take responsibility for solving problems, and our positive attitude and confidence inspires others to do the same.
Build mutual trust
IBMers build "360 degrees of trust" across the full spectrum of our constituents - our organizations, clients, and communities. We do this by acting with integrity, assuming positive intent, holding ourselves accountable, trusting in the capabilities of others, and by taking responsibility for remedying the situation if we see trust is eroding.
Communicate for impact
IBMers communicate to find mutual understanding. We listen to ensure others are heard, our deep expertise allows us to communicate complex situations clearly and simply, and our authenticity enables us to convey difficult messages in a positive manner.
Partner for client success
IBMers take great pride in our clients' success. We work and think alongside our clients, offering market insights and leveraging IBM's enterprise-wide capabilities to co-create solutions that far exceed initial expectations.
Influence through expertise
IBMers are distinguished by their expertise and eminence; and we take personal responsibility for deepening our skills and developing our and other IBMer's, thought leadership.
IBMers have an intellectual curiosity and a spirit of restless reinvention that infuses the enterprise with energy. We are agile learners who rethink assumptions; seek to know what we do not know nor have yet imagined, unearth opportunities, and continuously transform.
IBMers are global professionals skilled at collaboration. We build networks of experts and think and work together across the boundaries of disciplines, countries, and cultures. We act not as a collection of individuals but a collective leadership force creating the full promise of IBM to transform the marketplace, society, and the world.
Act with a systemic perspective
IBMers are systems thinkers. We understand and build systems and our deep and broad expertise enable us to help others see an end-to-end view, discover underlying patterns, and then to act boldly and take the right risks.
Help IBMers succeed
IBMers strive to be their best and to bring the best out in each other. We remove unnecessary constraints, provide necessary resources, acknowledge others' contributions, and champion their ideas, which fosters a sense of engagement and the feeling we have permission to act.
Consistent Recognition as an Industry Leader
IBM's ability to develop leaders has consistently been recognized. IBM won the biennial Fortune award as No. 1 company for leadership in 2009 and 2011. IBM becomes the only company to receive the recognition twice.
"IBM (is) actually a leadership development company, not an infotech company." Geoff Colvin, Fortune Magazine
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