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Name: Paul W.J.Huiskens
Title: Senior Partner
Senior Partner - N2Growth - Executive Search Practise - The Netherlands. With over 25 years of experience as Human Resources Executive with EDS - DSM - Sara Lee and Lyondell Basell. Currently Senior Partner Executive Search with N2Growth.
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
To lead means you have to learn to let go. When you delegate you have to realize that you not only delegate the Responsibility but also the Accountability and most importantly also the Authority for your managers to make decisions.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
My first leadership experience was when I became a recruiting and learning supervisor. It was seen that I took the initiative. My manager said: " If you believe it, go and do it".
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Most of the time I plan my week on a Sunday afternoon. This plan I review and adjust based on business priorities during the week. Furthermore, I have to give credit to all my assistants during my career. Without them, I could not have survived . They kept me going and were instrumental in planning and organizing. Credits to all of them!!!
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
Do not micromanage your people. Be clear in your expectations - communicate clearly - offer help and assistance when needed and get out of the way!
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
The book : " Surrounded by idiots". The four types of Human Behaviour, or how to understand those who cannot be understood. By : Thomas Erikson.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Ask yourself why you want to LEAD. What LEADING means to you. LEADING is not about you, it's about making others better.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
It's okay to say: " I don't know" - "I need help" - "I need more time to figure this out" - "I'm sorry" - "Thank you".