Since taking over as CEO of General Electric in 2001, Jeff Immelt has taken the corporate giant through dramatic changes and expanded globally. Underlying his achievement is the firm belief that a company should be “as broad as it is deep”.
This phrase comes from his view that success involves selling major lines of business, investing in data and analytics, and becoming more focused on the company’s strengths and global requirements.
In this interview with Mckinsey, Immelt talks about how the role of leadership has changed, outlining that the command and control style changed, along with his personal approach to leadership.
That's because being at the helm of an organisation is more about risk management than control nowadays. The key to success is having the ability to listen and learn, as well as the flexibility to change.
How we can help
Within Cranfield School of Management we believe that leadership is a skill that needs to be honed, developed and nurtured. The Centre for General Management Development (CGMD) offers general management programmes that help managers at key career stages develop into leaders who influence the strategic course of their organisations. The management development courses, which cover the subject of knowledge sharing, are:
- Cranfield Directors Programme
for senior executives wanting to make great impact as strategic leaders
- Cranfield Advanced Development Programme
for high potential managers preparing for leadership roles
- Cranfield General Management Programme
for senior managers needing a general management perspective to be more effective
- Cranfield Talent Development Programme
for young managers with a promising managerial career ahead