Hear from Our Interns — Yashih and Tanvir

Interning at IBM is an exciting and demanding opportunity! To give you an insight into what it is like interning at IBM, we share stories of our current and former interns. This week we would like to introduce you to two of our General Manager Leadership Development Program (GM LDP) interns.

 prof_yashih_headshot_150x200

Name:   Yashih W.
Location:   New York, NY
School:   Harvard Business School
Current Rotation:   Consulting

What attracted you to the GM LDP program?
Where better to learn how to successfully run a business than from one of the world’s largest corporations and best-known brands? Especially one that has ridden through top and bottom but has stayed unwaveringly focused on creating the type of positive impact that has truly helped reshape today’s societies. My goal coming out of business school was to get as much depth and breadth of general management experiences as possible while having the opportunity to apply my skills both in the US and in China, where I eventually hope to make my own mark. IBM’s GM LDP gives me a fantastic platform to grow and learn to become the type of leader I admire under the aegis of my IBM mentors.

What is your definition of a leader?
A leader is someone who knows when to listen and when to speak. She is someone who inspires others to reach their individual potential while working together to achieve a collective vision or goal. A leader is someone who is adaptable to changing landscapes but is capable of holding her ground based on a set of solid personal principles. She is someone who has a purpose and works to make the journey of reaching that end goal as meaningful and impactful as possible.

prof_tanvir_headshot_150x200

Name:   Tanvir W.
Location:   New York, NY
School:   Harvard Business School
Current Rotation:   Consulting

What attracted you to the GM LDP program?
While I was evaluating my offers at HBS, I looked for three main things in my next job

  1. Responsibility & accountability
  2. Opportunity to make an Impact
  3. Maximize my learning for the next 2-3 years in my career.

IBM’s GMLDP ranked high on all the three parameters: The rotational aspect of the program and access to senior leaders makes GMLDP a great learning opportunity. The rotations are actual hands-on roles leading to a general management role and this provides me with the opportunity to shoulder responsibility and accountability early on in my career.

What is your definition of a leader?
To me a leader is someone who can inspire you to perform at a much higher level than your stated scope of responsibility. The leaders that have helped me develop professionally the most are the ones who presented me with challenging assignments, trusted me to deliver and guided me with inputs at critical points.

Comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s