Have you heard of a Ginni Rometty before? No? Well okay, not only because it’s just been a year since she took the helm as International Business Machines’ first female Chief Executive, but because IBM is not really a social media thing; so it follows that much of its news are only known within business circles.
So, what has she been up to since?
Though Rometty’s star first shown when she championed the purchase of renown consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting in 2002, she became the center of attention when the Augusta National Golf Club upheld its male-only policy by not inviting IBM’s newest CEO last April 2012 – only to change direction by August.
Clearly, it’s discrimination; something that actually many are trying to tear down, unfortunately focus and effort has been scattered so progress has been slow. This fact is critical because bias in most any aspect hinders employment and opportunities. Since Rometty has actually experienced this, she could be an iconic leader if she could strongly advocate true equality not only in her area but across the globe.
Now, what does her endorsement for equality have to do with IBM? Simple. It defines what kind of Leader it has. It’s social responsibility; so, it tells if IBM is just putting up a face as a company to work for or not, things like that.
See, for one, initiatives and bold actions greatly contribute to a Leader’s stock. Making Leaders – Out of Leaders. Think about it, Rometty’s readying Watson for commercial use is simply an expected continuation of “programs”.
As for her spearheading the company’s growth strategy through cloud computing and analytics; well, specially being a giant technology corporation – isn’t that an expected move as well?
Thus, if there’s an area worth taking note of Virginia Rometty or any other Leader then it would be uniqueness, or the kind of adversity that they had to go through to get to where they are. In Rometty’s case, her lacking an MBA degree makes her another example that a postgraduate degree is not really a must to reach the top, but being prepared for that opportunity is.
And prepared she was.
What’s your take?