Tomorrow’s leaders are in the pipeline for industrial giant

Industrial
company Saint-Gobain Pipelines is aiming to up its competitiveness by running a
leadership programme for its ‘high-flyer’ managers.

The
company is targeting managers aged under-35 who have the potential to be heads
of functions or general managers in the future.

Education
specialist Roffey Park is delivering the modular programme, which aims to
develop the company’s top-five senior management competencies. 

Saint-Gobain
Pipelines’ HR director John Hool said: “The programme develops the key competencies
of vision, leadership, organisational awareness, motivating and developing
others, and achievement orientation.”

Called
the ‘Leadership Development Programme’, it is delivered in-house at
Saint-Gobain’s business centre in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. So far 30 managers (in
two groups) have taken part. 

Hool
said the programme gives managers a toolkit of skills to help them handle
complex people management situations.

“It
also gives them a greater insight into how their sphere of operation fits
within the wider whole of the organisation,” he said.

The
company now plans to run the programme for a third group of managers, who are
either new to the organisation or who have recently been promoted to managerial
level.

“The
leadership programme is now a fundamental part of enhancing the competence,
energy, capability and flexibility of the management team,” said Hool.

By Mike Berry

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