How leaders take us on a journey
A symphony for success
As an Executive Manager, Laszlo is responsible for a very diverse team, which includes Business Analysts, Programmers, and even Quantitative Specialists with PhDs. So when it comes to leadership, what does he think ensures a team can be successful?
“Think about an orchestra’s conductor. He makes no sound but everybody relies on him to make something beautiful. When they shine, you shine, so you need to be aware that you’re all on a journey together. Therefore it’s important to give people purpose: selling the story or a vision so that your team trusts and follows you. Then it’s up to you to awaken the potential in others.”
Laszlo also recommends building a working environment where you feel comfortable enough to challenge and learn from each other.
“For me, four key traits of a leader stand out when trying to build this environment:
1. The ability to hire people who can offer diversity in thinking and experience
2. Encouraging collaboration without agenda or distraction
3. Empowering people to make their own decisions
4. Commitment to being open and experimental in your approach"
What is leadership?
For Satinder, Executive Director Payments & Cash Management, good leadership starts with assembling a great team.
“After the right people are in place, you need to set a clear direction, discover who the people are, then coach and support them.
“Then it’s important you share your greater experience and different perspectives to help open your peoples’ eyes to ideas and opportunities they may not discover on their own, so they can make more informed decisions about their own career path. Often this means encouraging them to leave your team – in my opinion no manager should put deliverables ahead of their peoples’ career opportunities. Chances are you’ll work with them again in the future and when you do, you want them to be the best they can be and still be passionate about their work.