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More Henkel Corporate Reporting 2015
The continuous expansion of our leadership culture is a key element of our corporate philosophy.
The Henkel leadership principles are the basis of our development programs for top executives: Lead Myself, Lead Team, Lead Stakeholders, Lead Change and Lead Performance. The Lead Myself principle creates a starting point, because only people who can lead themselves can also lead others well. Leading oneself means internalizing the Henkel values as a guide to one’s own actions, considering one’s behavior and reflecting on one’s leadership role, as well as motivating oneself and setting goals.
One of our objectives is to increase the share of managers from emerging markets, in order to illustrate the contribution these regions make to our success. In 2015, about 80 young employees from these regions with high potential for development participated in a special program. This nine-month program provides outstanding employees in Asia, Africa/Middle East, Latin America and Eastern Europe the opportunity to work directly with regional top management on business projects.
To strengthen management skills, we have developed a mandatory, standardized, multi-level training program for managers worldwide. This supports our managers with management responsibility from their first operational management tasks through to strategic management issues.
Selected managers also attend internationally renowned business schools to further develop their knowledge of general management topics. We have designed challenging content which is specifically tailored to our strategy. High-performing employees with strong potential who qualified for the Executive Resource Program also took part again in selected programs at the Harvard Business School in 2015. The Executive Resource Program is very important to us, because it makes a significant contribution to internal succession planning for top management. As a result, we were once again able to fill a number of top management positions with participants from this program in 2015.
In 2014 and 2015, top managers took part in a Harvard Business School program that Henkel had developed with that institution. This program combines knowledge exchange between Henkel’s top managers and peers with insights from renowned Harvard professors.