IBM GM Harriet Green offers her view on what makes a great leader

Harriet Green offers her view on what makes a great leader, sharing her advice for those in the early stages of their careers, and unveiling the key principles of her work ethic and top tips for managing priorities. Harriet looks at the leadership strengths that attracted her to IBM and shares her passion for diversity, inclusion and citizenship. She looks at how to overcome some of the challenges leaders may face, at the value she places on listening as a key way to capture the hearts and minds of her team, and at how to drive your career forward by taking risks and putting your hand up to support key projects. Finally, she stresses the importance of taking time outdailyas a fundamental way to recharge.

The Inspirational Executive series features Harriet Green, General Manager IBM Watson Internet of Things, Customer Engagement & Education. The Inspirational Executives series consists of interviews with our executive IBMers to demonstrate how you can successfully build an executive career in this increasingly demanding market. Juggling work, life, and family commitments is a daunting challenge, but this series reveals how, with careful time management, flexible leadership, and a willingness to embrace challenge, IBM can support successful executives to succeed in every aspect of their careers.


Harriet Green OBE is a global executive who has led business transformations on four continents, with a proven track record for developing and implementing strategies for profitable growth and increasing shareholder value in global technology, logistics, travel and consumer sectors. Harriet received her OBE for services to electronics in 2010. At IBM, Harriet is helping to usher in a new era of cognitive business, working with clients to unlock value in new insights from the massive amount of data they generate each day. In 2017, Harriet made the top ten in the Financial Times and HERoes Champions of Women in Business and was named Fast Companys 100 Most Creative People in Business for alerting businesses to Watson’s potential. In 2016, she was inducted into the Women in Technology Hall of Fame.

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