What makes a successful leader and how do you continue to be successful when the inevitable challenges come along?
Gary asked a number of Senior Executives from different sectors of the Insurance market for their top tips and advice.
3) How do you handle the daily challenges of running a business?
Andy Fairchild – Get up early and use the first couple of hours every day to get stuff done and clear your mind.
Andrew Bennett – Through solid fact based decision making and always understanding the numbers, risks and mitigations of any important move.
Greg Gladwell – Invest time in planning, bags of energy, tenacity and resilience, a great PA, be confident working with uncertainty and decision making, find 2-3 trusted confidants, listen to frontline staff and clients.
Steve Groves – Humour – the variety of the job is great but sometimes you need to see the funny side or you’d go mad/explode!
Karen Beales – Work closely with your colleagues, listen to what they are saying but build a great culture – you want people who want to work with / for you and the rest will flow much easier!
Mike Srokowski – Be aware of the main objective – try to stay focussed on achieving it and do my best to avoid succumbing to distractions.
4) Which business leader do you admire and why?
Andy Fairchild – Jobs because he trusted his customer-led instinct and not market research.
Andrew Bennett – Jon Dye at Allianz, always with his people, always asking the difficult questions in a supportive manner.
Greg Gladwell – Any entrepreneur who has taken a start-up past £1m turnover and sustained it.
Steve Groves – I don’t admire business leaders as a rule, I admire charity workers, healthcare
professionals and people giving up their lives to help others.
Karen Beales – No single person, different people for different reasons. There are some great people managers but also some entrepreneurial innovative individuals who inspire us.
Mike Srokowski – Sir Alan Sugar. Living proof that by understanding market drivers and applying a common sense approach, you can succeed in business.