Professionalism with competence.
A partnership with the Institute is driving high-performance leadership at Siemens Energy.
Siemens Energy Transmission Solutions is a market leader in providing products and solutions in support of the transmission system, including onshore and offshore substations, interconnector projects and connecting offshore windfarms. Its technical, customer-focused excellence is supported by its commitment to investing in leadership.
Since 2020, Siemens Energy has been working with the Institute of Leadership & Management on a new development programme that aims to give its leaders and managers the tools they need for high performance – both for individuals and teams. The programme, the ‘High Performance Series’, brings together training sessions and workshops into an overarching framework that is aligned with the Institute’s 49 components of great leadership. These 49 components underpin the Institute’s digital e-learning platform, MyLeadership.
Steve Jones, head of quality and environmental health and safety and the project management office at Siemens Energy, and Rob Houghton, the company’s head of high performance, began by identifying the future leadership challenges facing the business. They then worked with the Institute to gain Institute Approved status for the High Performance Series, and to develop MyLeadership Pathways for the different levels of the series. Having Institute Approved status was seen as a key element of the programme, since it demonstrated ‘professionalism with competence’.
Steve says: “People do lots of individual training and awareness sessions, which are valuable in themselves, although aren’t always linked. By engaging with the Institute, we have been able to pull together multiple individual training and awareness requirements into an overarching framework, so people feel a greater sense of purpose and achievement.”
The High Performance Series has four levels, with people having the opportunity to work towards Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum digital badges. “The way the High Performance Series has been built is innovative, as is the Institute’s approach to the MyLeadership platform in terms of allocating the learning experiences that lead to the digital badges,” says Steve. “I think that instant recognition is really good because it validates your learning, and people want to see that.”
He adds: “It was also important that people still owned their development, but within a framework and a pace they were comfortable with. We have been able to achieve this by working collaboratively with the Institute.”
The High Performance Series, which launched in autumn 2020, is a considerable achievement for Siemens Energy. It offers innovative learning opportunities through a structured, yet flexible, career path that is available for new starters, as well as for experienced leaders. In total, 400 staff are expected to complete the programme over a two-year period.
Feedback to date underlines the extent to which learners value the programme. “The feedback received has been really positive,” says Rob. “Some learners are saying it’s not just a good learning experience, it’s actually changing their behaviours. ‘High performance’ is now an everyday conversation, and it is starting to be part of the culture in the business.”
Institute Approved - our programme accreditation scheme.
Leadership development pathway - our tailored programme built on our award-winning MyLeadership platform with digital credentials issued on completion
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