— Interview with Glynis Rankin, CEO, Creative Metier, UK
Glynis Rankin works to ensure that the financial inclusion industry possesses the leadership and capacity to ensure long-term success.
In advance of the 17th Microcredit Summit: Generation Next, Creative Metier interviewed industry leaders to understand their perspectives on leadership qualities, the challenges that they face, the importance of developing future leaders and ensuring diversity of leadership, and the ways that current leaders can support the next generation. The findings contributed to a plenary session on leadership on the first day of the Summit and provided insights into ways of supporting upcoming leaders to meet the challenges of an industry in transformation.
The study looked at leadership from the perspectives of industry founders, organization builders, innovators, and the next generation of leaders. In analyzing the interviews, we realized that these lenses are more about the life stages of a leader than the role that they are currently playing. While respondents at different stages of their leadership journeys expressed diverse perspectives on certain issues, the majority held similar views on the critical qualities and elements of leadership, and on the imperative to develop and support future leaders. Leading up to the Campaign’s next Summit, we will feature thought-provoking excerpts from these interviews on the Campaign’s “100 Million Ideas” blog to continue the essential conversation on how to support the next generation of leaders.
Respondents gave generously of their time and shared valuable lessons and illustrative experiences:
- Honing four essential qualities for leaders:
- The ability to stick with one’s own beliefs
- A clear vision and ability to inspire it in others
- The ability to change and innovate
- Understanding the clients’ perspective
- Knowing and understanding how new technology is impacting the industry and how to use technology to better serve the clients’ needs
- Figuring out how to motivate and empower others, build strong teams, and manage stakeholders
- Recognizing diversity as a significant benefit to leadership and an essential factor for meet the challenges of a changing context
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