Christopher Barnes imparts wisdom
He might be one of the younger Jamaican CEOs around, but Christopher Barnes, the managing director of The Gleaner Company, had lots of wisdom to impart at the third sitting of Digicel's Extraordinary Leadership Lecture series recently. The well-travelled 40-year-old Barnes followed Digicel CEO Barry O'Brien and Donna Duncan-Scott of JMMB, as Digicel continues to make available to its staff proven leadership advice.
Humbled by Digicel's invitation, Barnes said while he never saw himself as an extraordinary leader, he always welcomes challenges. His work in the United States of America, England and Switzerland, in management and on the shop floor, has moulded his management-by-influence style. Furthermore, he told of his own commitment to keep a workable balance between work and personal life.
Christopher Barnes' five secrets to successful leadership
1. Understanding that people allow you to lead
2. Communicating the vision
3. Have conversations - talk less and listen more
4. Be decisive and committed
5. Be prepared to do yourself what you ask of others
Full of wisdom, the Gleaner CEO gave some brawta in his self-styled 'Gimme 5'.
Have a mentor - said he has learnt a lot from Oliver Clarke.
Don't be afraid to try; or make mistakes.
Work hard and do it with passion - passion is transferable.
With Digicel's head of learning and development, Jacqueline Passley, directing questions, Barnes advised managers to be unselfish, and said his greatest achievement at The Gleaner is guiding the 179-year-old company into the online age. Finally, he itemised the two things he looks for when recruiting staff - the right attitude and the skill.
The Digicel Extraordinary Leadership lecture series will continue next month.