Supplier Diversity

Growing Supplier Capacity through Leadership Development

High performing suppliers need high performing leadership, and client organizations are helping them develop the right skills for success.
By Gerald Donald

There are many examples of corporations investing in developing leadership skills at the organizational and supplier levels. Following are just three examples.

The LEAD Institute offers the "Honda Supplier Leadership Skills & Style Development Program," which offers participants focused training in work unit performance improvement; personal style and interpersonal skills; and leading and managing others.

Cummins developed a position with the title "Global Supplier Improvement Leader," and the job duties are dedicated to building supplier capabilities and strengthening performance, continuous improvement, accountability, and leadership. The person holding the job must be able to coach and mentor suppliers, drive improvement through the supply chain, and support consensus among stakeh...

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