Christine de Largy on leadership, values and responsible business

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Christine de Largy on leadership, values and responsible business

Interviewed for the CBI’s flagship campaign, The Great Business Debate, Christine de Largy, managing director of Impact Executives and chair of Harvey Nash UK Board Practice, discusses the attributes of good leaders and how to make business more responsible.

What is your guiding principle?

We are all equals. Everyone has something to offer and should be treated with equal respect. You can’t have a policy that works for some and not all. If we feel valued at work and a part of something important, we will be more loyal and encouraged to participate.

What advice would you give your children in business?

Never stop learning and pursue education at every level. Having a strong academic background will help you in dealing with complex issues or situations. You must also have perseverance to be able to hold on to the bigger picture and ride through the bumps along the way.

Never lose your sense of curiosity and thirst for learning.” – Christine de Largy 

What single action would you take to make business more responsible?

Have a balanced business scorecard that integrates your core values. Performance of individuals should be measured against their leadership and the relationships they have with colleagues, suppliers and customers and not just the financials. This will drive the behaviours that lead to a more collegiate environment and increased productivity.

What is the greatest lesson your life in business has taught you?

Never lose your sense of curiosity and thirst for learning. You have to be adaptable to be able to keep up with demands and fast moving changes. Social media has shown us that if you don’t recognise how your customers and employees are communicating, you will be left behind. There are now so many ways to spread your messages, it makes you dizzy!

This article was originally published on the CBI’s Great Business Debate website:


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