Leadership Career Aspirations and the Importance of Mentors

Employees interested in leadership roles are often coached to hone their management skills. However, job descriptions and competency models for management roles are frequently too vague to help employees who want to know, specifically, how to be successful as a team leader or new manager. In this NY Times interview, Ilene Gordon CEO of Ingredion discusses the importance of having good people skills, drive, energy, tenacity, always having a Plan B, treating people well and being succinct and articulate in communications. Gordon shares stories that are useful for leadership career development in any organization.