Leadership Development at Lockheed Martin

ISSUE:

Lockheed Corporation acknowledged their need to develop executive talent due to tremendous growth from acquisitions and winning large contracts. The company had 126,000 employees at the time world-wide and this initiative needed to start at the top.

SOLUTION:

Candidates were nominated by the president to participate in the course, which originated at the director and vice president level. From there the effort moved across the company from first-time, front-line managers to middle management, and more. These five-day, interactive courses designed and developed by Stewart Leadership were known throughout the organization as the following Institutes:

  • The Lockheed Supervisors Institutes
  • The Lockheed Management Institutes
  • The Lockheed Advanced Management Institutes
  • The Lockheed Executive Institutes
  • The Lockheed Senior Executive Institute

Stewart Leadership utilized 360-degree assessments where the composite scores were used to design a customized curriculum for a particular cohort. Interactive and applied learning were utilized throughout these leadership development programs, along with individualized one-on-one development plans.

RESULTS:

Graduates of these programs were held to high expectations related to building new divisions, merging units, and meeting the demands of a growing company. These courses supported successful acquisitions by providing leaders an opportunity to come together and speak a common language, share an experience, and design a culture that could then be disseminated across the company. Individuals were developed, teams became high-performing, and a cultural change transformation occurred. These Institute courses were the highest rated training courses in the company at the time.

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Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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