A breakfast gathering of Grand Cayman’s decision makers heard from two authors of a popular business book about how leaders must grow as their organisations evolve.
The breakfast, which was presented by Dart on Sept. 27 at Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, featured leadership experts Mark Nevins and John Hillen, co-authors of “What Happens Now? Reinvent Yourself as a Leader Before Your Business Outruns You.”
“Here at Dart, we believe that a rising tide raises all ships, and a successful Cayman benefits all,” said Dart CEO Mark VanDevelde, who saw an opportunity to bring together distinguished leaders from the government, private sector and NGOs for a discussion on sustaining leadership in a fast-paced, high-growth environment. Participants were encouraged to share the challenges their organisations were facing, with some expressing common concerns around communication, technology and alignment around a common purpose.
In their presentation, Hillen and Nevins explained that as businesses grow and leaders take on more responsibility, effective leadership requires new approaches and mindsets.
“Leaders don’t need only to change their organisations,” said Hillen. “They need to reinvent themselves.”
Relying on the managerial and technical tactics that brought success in the past will prove insufficient and inadequate, explained Nevins, adding that new and sophisticated strategic and interpersonal skills are needed to successfully manage one’s self and team.
Hillen and Nevins encouraged the room to keep the conversation going beyond the breakfast session and offered seven goals for sophisticated leaders to raise their game:
Broadcast a vision with clarity and purpose.
Align a high-performing team.
Engage and manage important stakeholders.
Communicate and lead change.
Earn trust and respect based on character, not title.
Focus time and energy on the highest priority items which only you can do.
Invest in coaching and developing your future leaders.
The positive feedback from the event has encouraged VanDevelde to arrange other thought leadership gatherings in the future.
“Effective leadership has been, and will continue to be, a critical factor in sustaining our success in the Cayman Islands,” he said.