Mac-Anthony

"Since I’ve joined the Future Leaders programme, I’ve appreciated the atmosphere of collaboration at GSK. Senior people really do listen and take people’s ideas on board. It’s an extremely open, flexible and collaborative place to work. Working for GSK is like receiving an education at a practical university where everyone around you is helping you grow – by developing your skills, improving your technical capabilities and expanding your leadership potential. The ‘Respect for people’ value creates the perfect environment for you to progress in this way."

I heard about the Future Leaders programme at GSK after I’d finished my degree and was working in a bank. A friend had joined GSK Nigeria in the first cohort of management trainees in the company, and the way he talked about GSK really sparked my interest.

He described an atmosphere where people’s views were valued, whatever their level. It wasn’t the kind of top-down environment you find at so many organisations. Instead, he said that there was an ‘open door’ policy where trainees were encouraged to share their opinions and ideas with line managers and mentors. I really liked the sound of this approach and wanted to experience it for myself.

Since I've joined the Future Leaders programme, I’ve had the opportunity to generate many different ideas, and have appreciated for myself the atmosphere of collaboration that my friend described. Senior people really do listen and take people’s ideas on board. It’s an extremely open, flexible and collaborative place to work.

 Working for GSK is like receiving an education at a practical university where everyone around you is helping you grow – by developing your skills, improving your technical capabilities and expanding your leadership potential. The ‘Respect for people’ value creates the perfect environment for you to progress in this way.

The best part of the programme, I believe, is the departmental rotations, as they give you a holistic understanding of the business.

My programme started with three months classroom training on theories and procedures across all the departments in GSK (including some extensive training on business management and Excel programming). This was followed by a rotation of one month each in Finance, Distribution, Marketing, Customer Marketing and Sales. Next came on-the-job training (using real-life situations) in Sales and Marketing, which lasted for another six months.

The major competencies I’ve acquired during the programme are time management, relationship management, business development and working in an ethical way. I feel that I’m now a different person from who I was before the programme and all I can say is: “What an experience!”

I feel that I’m now a different person from who I was before. What an experience!

Mac-Anthony