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TE looks very different than it did 8 years ago - every day I see great people making a difference.

Leilani is the Vice President of Human Resources for the Global Automotive Business within TE Connectivity.  She has 15 years of experience in Human Resources working in various HR functions including Training, Learning & Development, Business Partnership, Program Management, and Management Development. Leilani has helped lead a new hands-on and progressive approach to HR around the business at TE.

What can young people of color today do to prepare themselves for leadership positions?

Find a Sponsor. You need someone with influence to “lean in” with you. While mentors are great, acting as sounding boards and providing good advice upon request, they do not expect much of you in return. In contrast, sponsors are invested in you. They offer guidance and critical feedback, but they also take action and advocate on your behalf. Sponsors help you get assigned to visible projects, they position you for promotions and provide air cover when you need it most. Without a sponsor, you run the risk of topping out at middle management. It is important to remember that unlike a mentor, a sponsor wears your brand on their shoulders. Therefore, it is in their best interest to help you ensure your brand is a powerful one.


Get Connected and Networked into Leadership. As many of us know, it’s not enough to just be good at your job – you also have to be known, which means you have to get connected. Tapping into networks requires skills that go beyond functional expertise. You need to create personal connections with people of all backgrounds, be visible, be collaborative. Developing these networking skills does more than just increase your profile within the company. It helps you learn from a diverse set of people with different styles and points of view, integrate the best of that learning into your own leadership style, and create relationships with people who will be making decisions about your career.


Seek to Provide Value. People invest where they see value. While ambition and drive are important for success, you can’t approach work with a “gimme, gimme, gimme” attitude. That will never lead people to want to include you, support you, help you. Rather, be thoughtful and intentional about how you can make the lives of your bosses, peers and employees easier and richer. What do you know that can help them? What expertise do you bring to the table? Share it humbly and reflect on why it is valuable to others. This will help you prepare for the next opportunity to add value, and will gain you raving fans who want to help you grow.

Be thoughtful and intentional about how you can make the lives of your bosses, peers and employees easier and richer.
Leilani Scott,
VP Human Resources, Automotive
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What is the most engaging part of your current role?

Seeing people grow and change. In my role, I am responsible for the growth of organizational capability, and that means individual capability. I love to see people advance personally and professionally.

Why TE?

People and Progress. TE looks very different than it did 8 years ago, every day I see great people making a difference. Watching this progress and being surrounded by colleagues I respect makes me want to stay to see what’s next.

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TE looks very different than it did 8 years ago - every day I see great people making a difference.

Leilani is the Vice President of Human Resources for the Global Automotive Business within TE Connectivity.  She has 15 years of experience in Human Resources working in various HR functions including Training, Learning & Development, Business Partnership, Program Management, and Management Development. Leilani has helped lead a new hands-on and progressive approach to HR around the business at TE.

What can young people of color today do to prepare themselves for leadership positions?

Find a Sponsor. You need someone with influence to “lean in” with you. While mentors are great, acting as sounding boards and providing good advice upon request, they do not expect much of you in return. In contrast, sponsors are invested in you. They offer guidance and critical feedback, but they also take action and advocate on your behalf. Sponsors help you get assigned to visible projects, they position you for promotions and provide air cover when you need it most. Without a sponsor, you run the risk of topping out at middle management. It is important to remember that unlike a mentor, a sponsor wears your brand on their shoulders. Therefore, it is in their best interest to help you ensure your brand is a powerful one.


Get Connected and Networked into Leadership. As many of us know, it’s not enough to just be good at your job – you also have to be known, which means you have to get connected. Tapping into networks requires skills that go beyond functional expertise. You need to create personal connections with people of all backgrounds, be visible, be collaborative. Developing these networking skills does more than just increase your profile within the company. It helps you learn from a diverse set of people with different styles and points of view, integrate the best of that learning into your own leadership style, and create relationships with people who will be making decisions about your career.


Seek to Provide Value. People invest where they see value. While ambition and drive are important for success, you can’t approach work with a “gimme, gimme, gimme” attitude. That will never lead people to want to include you, support you, help you. Rather, be thoughtful and intentional about how you can make the lives of your bosses, peers and employees easier and richer. What do you know that can help them? What expertise do you bring to the table? Share it humbly and reflect on why it is valuable to others. This will help you prepare for the next opportunity to add value, and will gain you raving fans who want to help you grow.

Be thoughtful and intentional about how you can make the lives of your bosses, peers and employees easier and richer.
Leilani Scott,
VP Human Resources, Automotive
leilani-pull-quote

What is the most engaging part of your current role?

Seeing people grow and change. In my role, I am responsible for the growth of organizational capability, and that means individual capability. I love to see people advance personally and professionally.

Why TE?

People and Progress. TE looks very different than it did 8 years ago, every day I see great people making a difference. Watching this progress and being surrounded by colleagues I respect makes me want to stay to see what’s next.