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Leadership Voices: Ryan Quinn, VANRATH - Leading through a global pandemic

  • Publish Date: Posted about 2 years ago
  • Author:by Julie Moore

Why is Leadership important to a business?

At the heart of a business, you will find the leaders. The spirit of leadership inspires a team to come together to achieve a shared goal. In order to keep people keen on moving forwards and fused together, leaders will console and work with them. Setting direction and communicating this to everyone involved is key.

It is by preparing ourselves and crafting our best version that we manage to radiate our influence around. Leadership is not about assembling people to do the same thing and continue to do it well, it is about change.

Interviewing Managing Director of VANRATH, Ryan Quinn, he’s asked of what leadership means to him: 

What kind of a leader would your team describe you as? 

"Transformational, I encourage trust amongst the team to inspire and motivate them to innovate and create change in order to grow and shape future success, I do not micromanage. I lead them in the right direction, but we all work towards one shared vision."

 How have you motivated your team through the challenges of the pandemic?

"By creating an environment where there is a game plan, and a game plan that will work to attract the best candidates to our business and retain the best clients.  Clients and candidates will demand more from their recruiters in uncertain times, and a pandemic is one of those scenarios, and in truth, one we have never seen before.

My colleagues and I are going to be under more pressure from the people we represent and the clients that we work with.  Working as a team, in a similar fashion with a clear goal is the only panacea in this market, and one which teaches a Recruitment Consultant a lot of useful skills.  Like having open communication channels, managing your time well, and working quickly"

What are the most important values you demonstrate as a leader?

"Putting yourself in that person's position and having empathy when somebody is trying their best.  I think encouraging a work environment where failing fast and relishing the lesson is paramount."

What is a leader’s best asset?

"Don’t act like you are the judge and jury.  A leader is there to guide and encourage, not to give speeding fines.

 

How did you gain your leadership status and trust of your team?

"Confidence and self-belief. If you don’t believe you can lead yourself, why would anyone else believe you can lead them?"

 

Want to read more articles like this? Be sure to visit VANRATH News which features all kinds of industry insights and career advice. We post regularly on our LinkedIn page too, so don’t hesitate to check that out as well. If you’re seeking immediate career advice then visit our website or call 028 9033 0250.