Every day during the Christmas holidays we profile winners of the recent IoD Director of the Year Awards. Today it’s Chris Brindley, chairman of GreaterSport, who won the Non-Executive Director award
‘Recruit for attitude, train for skill and care about people’ – Chris Brindley, chairman, GreaterSport
Getting the residents of Greater Manchester to become more active is GreaterSport’s goal. During Chris Brindley’s 11 years in the chair, the organisation has energised one million people and won several awards in the process. He and his team have now been asked by the region’s mayor, Andy Burnham, to oversee the Greater Manchester Moving programme. A regular on the international speaking circuit, he tells Director about his strategy.
How do you approach a big challenge? By asking questions and surrounding myself with talented people who operate as a team – with me taking responsibility and the team getting the credit.
What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever taken? ‘Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.’ Seneca.
What’s the key to effective leadership? Authenticity, integrity and humility. Leadership is a privilege – the opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives is a gift that should not be wasted.
The best business books you’ve read? Secret Skill, Hidden Career, by Paul Owen; Fans! Not Customers, by Vernon Hill; and Built to Grow, by Royston Guest.
How do you navigate turbulent times? Control the controllables. Don’t waste time and energy on things you can’t affect.
What’s the secret to building a great team? Recruit for attitude, train for skill and care about people and their families.
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