For the first time, CRST International Inc, a privately held transportation company, has been named as a Top 10 Best Private Company for Leaders according to Chief Executive Magazine.
The magazine recently announced its top 10 list for public and private companies that exemplify the nurturing of leaders at various management levels. Rankings are affected by a company’s reputation among its peers, the percentage of senior management recruited from internal talent, having a formal leadership process in place, and the commitment level of the chief executive officer.
“Every successful company must have a succession plan for future leadership, and our leadership program will ensure that CRST’s management stays strong for decades to come,” said Dave Rusch, CRST president and CEO.
CRST began implementing a leadership program nearly five years ago and has seen success. The program is designed to challenge each participant individually to put his or her best skills to work. This program is offered to office employees and identifies professional goals, assesses skills, and directs participants on a path to improvement and upward mobility within the company.
“This has lessened the burden on hiring outside the company, even outside the state, for management-level positions and higher,” said Brooke Willey, vice-president–human resources and leader of the program for CRST. “Prior to the program, CRST promoted from within only about 25% of its employees. Now that number is closer to 70%.”
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