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25 top companies for leaders

1IBMUSA$99.9 bil426,751
2General MillsUSA$14.8 bil33,000
3Procter & GambleUSA$79.7 bil127,000
4Aditya BirlaIndia$35 bill133,000
5Colgate-PalmoliveUSA$15.6 bil39,200
6Hindustan UnileverIndia$4.1 bil15,000
7ICICI BankIndia$8.1 bil61,697
8McDonald’sUSA$24.1 bil400,000
9WhirlpoolUSA$18.4 bil70,758
10PepsiCoUSA$57.8 bil294,000
11General ElectricUSA$151.6 bil287,000
12BBVASpain$23.4 bil109,655
13NaturaBrazil$5.1 bil7,037
14DeereUSA$26 bil55,700
153MUSA$26.7 bil80,057
16Eli LillyUSA$23.1 bil38,350
17McKinseyUSA$5 bil16,000
18L’OréalFrance$19.5 bil66,325
19UnileverEngland$62.7 bil167,000
20Siemens AGGermany$107.6 bil353,000
21IntelUSA$43.6 bil82,500
22China VankeChina$7.9 bil16,464
23WiproIndia$6.3 bil120,000
24Bharti AirtelIndia$12.1 bil22,858
25NovartisSwitzerland$51.6 bil121,000


Source: money.cnn.com

1. IBM

IBM sends leadership SWAT teams around the world to coach local staff

2. General Mills

Over 90% of management promotions are internal.

3. Procter & Gamble

Every single CEO of P&G started at the entry level.

4. Aditya Birla

Aditya Birla honours employees who teach villagers skills like composting and pump repair.

5. Colgate-Palmolive

The Colgate Leadership Challenge is a seven-day event for the company’s junior employees, with a team business project, presentations by senior leaders, and charity work.

6. Hindustan Unilever

HUL sends young managers to live in Indian villages so that they can understand the needs of rural consumers.

7. ICICI Bank

ICICI assigns 2,500 talent scouts to identify promising employees.

8. McDonald’s

The Officer Development Program trains rising talent in finance, HR, and marketing, plus exposes them to other cultures.

9. Whirlpool

A dozen senior execs serve as “innovation mentors” tasked with evaluating business ideas

10. PepsiCo

PepsiCo creates 10-year growth plans for individuals who are thought to have C-suite potential.

11. General Electric

Chief executive Jeff Immelt devotes about 40% of his time to leadership development.

12. BBVA

The Spanish bank offers theatre workshops to help boost managerial communication skills.

13. Natura

Every year, all managers are asked to reaffirm their commitment to the company or else leave.

14. Deere

CEO Sam Allen personally mentors 20 to 30 employees at various levels of the company.

15. 3M

Over 300 senior managers teach in leadership programmes, which are customized by country.

16. Eli Lilly

Half of variable comp for senior execs is influenced by mentoring skills and other leadership behaviours.

17. McKinsey

Job applicants receive coaching between interview rounds.

18. L’Oréal

23% of the cosmetic giant’s senior leadership team are women.

19. Unilever

All 100 top leaders submit two-page career plans to CEO Paul Polman.

20. Siemens AG

Each year, 10 junior Siemens employees are named “stars of the future”.

21. Intel

An internal network of executive women mentors female talent.

22. China Vanke

The property developer discourages “displays of dogmatism” by employees.

23. Wipro

More than 100 Wipro executives have gone on to start their own businesses.

24. Bharti Airtel

A “reverse mentoring” programme enlists junior employees to tutor senior ones about new tech.

25. Novartis

The Swiss pharmaceutical giant runs a 2 1/2-day mentoring programme to help leaders understand their “core purpose”.

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