Future Leadership at Asda: the inside view

by | Mar 16, 2011 | Articles

An interview with Amanda Cox, Asda’s Head of Learning and Development

Cirrus is working in partnership with Asda on the Asda Leadership Event, a major leadership development programme which is engaging 10,000 leaders and managers across the UK. The programme is closely aligned to Asda’s strategy and core purpose and is developing future leadership skills. We were delighted that Amanda Cox, Asda’s head of learning and development, joined us as a guest speaker at our Future Leadership breakfast event in London on 12 May 2011. Here, Amanda tells us what future leadership means to Asda.

What is future leadership all about at Asda?

“Future leadership at Asda is about keeping people at the heart of the business, helping us to challenge ourselves to lead every day in every situation, and having the vision to lead people to win. We have introduced a new leadership framework, and the Asda Leadership Event is closely linked to that. We are developing our leaders to really think ahead, to spot business opportunities and to act on them.  In a retail environment, it’s important that we also focus on the everyday, practical implications of leadership. We are broadening skills, introducing thought leadership, and giving people really useful tools and materials to support them.

Leadership development is also closely linked to talent management. We are growing leadership capability within the business and developing future leadership potential.”

What key skills are you focusing on?

“We are helping our people to develop leadership skills to grow the organisational capability across the business so they can lead all types of people and engage whole teams. They are learning how to use different leadership styles in different situations. A lot of learning is done on the job at Asda so we are really building the coaching skills of our leaders so they can coach every day to help embed that learning and make it more effective.”

How is Cirrus helping you?

“Cirrus always strive to be the best, do an amazing job which we really appreciate, and their leadership events are simply brilliant. They have introduced some very creative ideas to bring leadership development to life for us. They are very flexible and client-centred. They certainly don’t just bring along a range of standard materials as many other organisations do.”

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