For me, joining the military as a teenager I thought that was me set for life. Eight years later, you grow older, the dynamic changes. Before you know it you’re in an office full of hard-working professionals making different kinds of shots and earning your money in a completely different way. I’m talking about recruitment, of course.
At Harrington Starr one of the things that attracted me the most was the leadership team: all very unique but each with parts of them I could relate to from my time in the military.
Serving as a Combat Medic, I proved myself physically and mentally robust enough to spend most of my career being attached to the Parachute Regiment. Being attached to different platoons and companies of both 2 and 3 Para, I saw constant acts of good leadership with years of skill and experience giving the Paras the best leaders in the British Army. Platoon sergeants constantly pushing their men to the extent of what was humanly possible in some of the most arduous conditions on earth.
I think leadership has upmost importance. Not just in the army or the best recruitment firm in London, but in any business: be that the biggest tier 1 bank or the smallest start-up in Old Street. So, how do we get the strongest leadership from those at Harrington Starr?
Firstly, recognising those that have that core strength. The people that will go that extra mile. The people that, no matter how much pressure they are under, will still make time for others and those that genuinely care about getting the best out of everyone around them.
We give those that show these core values of esprit de corps extra tasks, be that mentoring, taking team meetings or taking on weekly reviews. I think with this extra responsibility follows an air of natural respect in which new leaders can take pride in.
The bread and butter of leadership; inspire others around you with not just intelligence, tenacity and a genuine care but also striving to have that morale courage so that those around you are shown how to do continually the right thing in the workplace, not back-dooring and taking the easy way out.
In summary, I think good leadership in any workplace environment should be cherished and encouraged. Ultimately, you want to get the best out of each person in the workforce. With the right leadership, this can be done.
“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
Vince Lombardi, Legendary Green Bay Packers Coach