Excelling Black talent
Kemi Balogun and Kwaku Osafo reflect on what they've learnt from our senior leadership programme.
My favourite piece of advice is "Be careful what you say about yourself because you are listening."
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5. Why do you think the senior leadership programme is important?
Kemi: It is important for the organisation to build a strong pipeline of talented leaders that can succeed in their careers. This in turn contributes to the success of the business area they work in. The programme gives you an opportunity to reassess yourself as a leader and get timely reminders of skills you need to continue sharpening in life.
It is also important to engage with colleagues from across the Group, get feedback from peers who have shared experiences and understand the challenges we face as Black colleagues. I’ve made connections from the programme that will stay with me for a long time. By leveraging our combined experiences we can make a difference together.
In years to come, I hope to see more individuals who look like me at senior levels and on the Board, and for that to be the norm.
Kwaku: The programme draws together peers at a similar career stage from different parts of the Group and with different experiences.
"The diversity of experiences combined with the tailored leadership content provides practical next steps that can be taken to develop careers and networks."