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7 Questions on Leadership with Rowland Richmond


Name: Rowland Richmond


Title: Security Analysts


Organisation: Accurate Guards Ltd


A dedicated professional in the field of Cybersecurity. With a passion for safeguarding digital landscapes, Rowland navigates the intricate realm of online security with expertise. Beyond the digital realm, I still finds joy in exploring new destinations through travel and expanding horizons through the pages of captivating books.


Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!


I hope Rowland's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Cheers,

Jonno White



1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?


Human begins are very difficult to manage due to vast nature & culture


2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?


I discovered my leadership skills during a challenging project. My ability to inspire and guide others emerged, leading to recognition and eventual promotion. Through dedication and learning, I transformed from a follower to a respected leader, steering my team towards success.


3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?


I prioritize tasks based on importance and urgency. Break the day into focused work blocks with breaks in between. Allocate specific time for meetings and collaboration. Review and adjust my plan as needed, ensuring flexibility. Wind down with a reflection on achievements and preparation for the next day.


4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?


A crucial leadership lesson is recognizing the power of empathy. Understanding my team's perspectives, challenges, and aspirations fosters trust and cooperation. Empathy builds a supportive environment, enhancing communication and morale, ultimately leading to a more united and productive team, I also make sure to carry everyone along.


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?


"Leadership" by Bryan Tracy


6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?


Embrace continuous learning and encourage a culture of curiosity within your team. Foster an environment where everyone feels empowered to share ideas and experiment. By staying open to new perspectives and fostering innovation, you'll not only grow as a leader but also cultivate a dynamic and forward-thinking team.


7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?


I recall a challenging project where my team faced setbacks. Instead of dwelling on the failures, I rallied the team, emphasizing lessons learned and the strength gained from overcoming obstacles. This experience not only forged resilience but also solidified the team's trust in my leadership, setting the stage for future successes.

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