Recognised for their distinctive designs and subtle opulence, Dinny Hall’s namesake jewellery brand has continued to redefine British luxury for over 30 years. We sat down with the Founder, Dinny Hall, to find out more about her leadership style and to get advice for aspiring sustainable leaders.
What makes a great or successful leader?
A successful leader must have the ability to continually inspire as well as being able to give all individuals in the company attention however big the organisation. You must trust your team from the bottom up, your team must trust you. A good creative leader has got get others to work very hard and believe in something that hasn’t necessarily materialised yet, that requires highly persuasive skills in a leader but not manipulative. A good leader should understand when reward is due and never to panic when inevitable hurdles loom up your way. A good leader should be able to share joy and shoulder strife. Lastly good leaders all love to win but it helps to have no fear of loosing every now and then. You absolutely need an ability to use loss in a positive way to embrace change to move forward and galvanise an even better future.
What are your personal strengths as a leader?
My personal strengths are….boundless creativity, tenacity, resilience, humour, optimism, sheer determination, acceptance and an ability to harness positive energy.
What is the toughest lesson you learned?
You must choose your partners wisely and for the right reasons, you are as good as who you work with ultimately. The wrong partners can hold the company back. Learn how hard it actually is to be a good judge of character both in the work-place and in our private lives – it’s all related.
And the most rewarding?
Eventually having learnt a few tough lessons being surrounded by amazing supportive people who share the same goal – not just about money but a desire to help grow well which in turn allows you to build a creative brand with genuine heritage who people love and trust.
What is the one piece of advice you would give an aspiring leader?
So – speaking as a designer at the helm of a business here’s my advice – if you chase just the money rather than the joy of creativity and productivity you end up with just the money and no joy in your role as a leader. But if you don’t make sure you’re making money you will be permanently distraught. Get the balance right between creativity and accountability.
Why should people be positive about the future?
For our children and our children’s children naturally but also for our ancestors. To be able to hold hands through ages and continue the cycle of life miraculous in all its forms. We must acknowledge that the world can be brutal, we can’t turn a blind eye and that there are forces working against a positive attitude towards our future but without an intent to make the world better life is not worth living.
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