"Taking the Right Lead"
For many years, Patricia Lewis, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Lockheed Martin Corporation, has advocated increasing the number of talent initiatives for groups that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM – and has gotten results. In an interview with The HR Digest, Lewis describes how she uses Lockheed Martin’s Full Spectrum Leadership to deliver results and shape the future.
The HR Digest: When you arrived at Lockheed Martin in 2011, you implemented a number of strategic talent initiatives, including the Program Management Talent Initiative, STEM Scholarship Program, and Vocational and a number of Trade Programs. How do you measure the value these programs bring to the company?
Patricia Lewis: As we look to expand our talent pipeline to support business growth, these programs give employees the opportunity to grow and develop their careers. They also help us retain and attract top talent. We measure the impact of these programs by looking at the impact on retention. Additionally, we measure our ability to place talent from these programs into critical roles across the company.
The HR Digest: 'Full Spectrum Leadership' is the cornerstone of leadership at Lockheed Martin. Can you tell our readers more about this model?
Patricia Lewis: Full Spectrum Leadership is how we describe our expectations for successful leadership at Lockheed Martin. The basic premise is that we need multi-dimensional leaders, those who can achieve desired results while doing it in a way that positions the company for success.
We structure the model around five basic imperatives: Deliver Results; Shape the Future; Build Effective Relationships; and Model Personal Excellence, Integrity and Accountability. It's woven through all aspects of our leadership processes, from recruitment to learning and development, recognition and succession planning.