Leaders Developing Leaders (LDL) is a 10 month global development program designed to accelerate leadership readiness, but at a more senior level. The program offers a variety of opportunities, including gaining exposure to different leaders, TJX businesses, and business units. Participants receive feedback on their leadership style and interactions throughout the process, with the goal of incorporating those learnings into their leadership style. The first phase of the program is project based where participants are assigned to teams to research and address a business issue or opportunity. They learn how to navigate the organization through the development of their problem-solving and strategic planning skills, while deepening their understanding of the business and themselves as leaders. The team develops and presents a strategic plan to senior management, working collaboratively with other managers from a broad range of functions and geographies. Many of the project recommendations that have come from these LDL teams have been implemented in some capacity, including, for example, the layout of lighting fixtures for sale in the new Homesense U.S. stores.
Emerging Leaders is designed to help high potential Associates at the managerial level prepare to expand their leadership roles. The process consists of targeted assessments, review of feedback and the creation of an individual development plan. Individuals who complete this process are eligible to participate in the Emerging Leader Action Learning program which includes instructor-led coursework, a team project, and a presentation.
Emerging Leader Action Learning, a U.S. and Canadian program, is a three month learning journey for high potential Associates. Similar to the project portion of LDL, the experience is a pragmatic, hands-on, project-based learning. Participants are placed on a cross-functional team and mentored by an executive sponsor for delivering results on a real-life TJX business initiative. Participants are given an opportunity to hone informal influencing skills by navigating through various business functions. Teams present their findings, ideas, and recommendations to an executive panel at the close of the program.
In Canada, the Manager in Training Program (MIT) is an accelerated program that provides training for new and existing Associates who show strong potential to perform Store Management roles and responsibilities. The six month program exposes these Associates more deeply to our business practices and helps them develop their leadership skills and competencies. Since the inception of the MIT program, the volume and success of internal promotions has increased significantly.
Similarly, the TJX Graduate Programme in Europe helps broaden Associates’ understanding of our business and prepares them for future leadership opportunities in the areas of Finance, Merchandising, Buying, Loss Prevention, and Logistics. In addition, the Leader in Me program is designed to help develop high-potential Associates early in their careers and prepare them for more senior roles in the future. During each nine-month session, which runs three times a year, Associates from all functions learn more about themselves as leaders, as well as how to use these leadership skills in their current roles and for future opportunities.