We all know them…the experts in each function who have advanced levels of knowledge and skills who are the “go to” people when questions about products or processes need answers. However, these people do not always have the personality or ability to be strong leaders of other people.
We don’t want to overlook this kind of expertise as functional knowledge and skills are critical for business success. We want to grow and leverage that expertise in such a way as to benefit the company on as large a scale as possible. In fact, some companies are applying strategies to build what we’re calling “functional leadership” in their companies.
Attendees at this LDEC meeting found out how Microsoft and CA Technologies are building their own functional leaders!
“I’m grateful to be in this network. The calls I had with other members gave me the information I needed to move my project forward.”Annette RollsLeadership Development Program Designer, Boeing
“We were able to realize almost immediate value—in terms of definitively quantifiable savings—by implementing the concepts introduced during this [Art of Negotiation] program.”Ken MurphyEVP of Sales and Operations, Mattress Firm
“In my particular case, I certainly care about the HR functions, but that’s not why I wake up every day. I care about advancing the ball down the field with our people’s professional development skills and knowledge. You guys focus 100% on the learning piece, and that’s what I like.”Jim StewartCLO, Teradata