Sunday 23 September, 2018

Inspiring leaders needed to drive Barbados forward, warns Virgin Group

Panelists at the Virgin Atlantic's Business Is An Adventure Leadership Conference.

Panelists at the Virgin Atlantic's Business Is An Adventure Leadership Conference.

It is only through leaders who can inspire others that Barbados and the Caribbean overall can advance.

That was the resounding message at the Business Is An Adventure Leadership Conference, held at the Hilton Barbados Resort today.

Founder of the Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson, was among the diverse group of speakers who work in areas such as academia, management and medical tourism.

During his feature address, the business mogul spoke about the importance of leaders who listen and mentor, to the success of any institution. Urging those in positions of leadership to giver persons "another chance when they fail or do wrong," he stressed that this leniency tends to motivate persons to be and do better.

He also warned that having a position of power should not be used as a tool to prove one's authority, but to motivate:

"A good leader is someone people like to deal with... who treats people fairly."

Virgin Atlantic's Business Is An Adventure Leadership Conference

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Inspirational Laboratories, Scott Hilton-Clarke, was one other speaker who stressed the significance of motivational persons in the top persons of Government and business. He said that only when these persons are committed to developing those under their authority, will the country or organisation be able to move forward.

In fact, he stressed that while many leaders are "concerned around purpose, relationships, competence, results and future," they fail to realise that they can only achieve their desired outputs by first looking internally.

He asserted that leaders who are able to encourage others to give of their best, must first understand that they have to inspire:

"Here is the problem. We tend to feel that we can directly manage these outputs, but it is not true, it's a myth. Because the truth is that if I want a good relationship with this persons over here I can't manage that relationship, I have to manage my own behaviour to produce that relationship."

The event included a panel discussion with Principal of the University of the West indies, Cave Hill Campus, Professor Eudine Barriteau; CEO of the Massy Group, Gervase Warner; Consultant Gynaecologist and Head of the Barbados Fertility Clinic, Dr. Juliette Skinner; Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, Lisandra Rickards; and Virgin Atlantic's commercial manager for the Caribbean, Andre Bello.