Arthur G. Lofton, 2012 Honoree

Vice president and CIO, Aerospace Systems Sector
Northrop Grumman Corp.
Redondo Beach, Calif.
An example of your personal leadership style:
I practice the 'teach one how to fish' approach. A team member came to me recently, frustrated about an initiative he was working on. I helped him think through the problems, prompting him to also think of some solutions. Our discussion helped him see problem-solving in a new way.
How do you make sure your most talented workers stay put?
I think that challenging assignments are key to employee retention. I will often rotate my high-performers to different areas of responsibility to keep them energized and bring a fresh perspective to new areas. This helps develop bench strength within the organization and also grows the individual's toolset.
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