Speaking at the latest UCD Smurfit Business School breakfast, Ryder Cup winning captain Paul McGinley gave his insights into business leadership and managing a team in an invigorating talk at the Marker Hotel this morning.
So what is the secret to successful leadership and managing the best? The Rathfarnham native, having previously spoken on the topic before, believes that sport like business needs a certain kind of underdog mentality, –“under promise, over deliver”.
Drawing from his experience as the 1st Irish Captain of the Ryder Cup – and having played in the Ryder Cup three times - McGinley expressed the importance of communication and ‘the process’ as opposed to ‘the result’.
As favourites coming into the 2014 Ryder Cup, McGinley understood the significance of the expectation that comes with that tag. But how do you manage that expectation? The man who holed the winning putt during his Ryder Cup debut in 2002 answered the question referring to a number of winning strategies. Respect your opponents – “Coming against the might of America”. Don’t panic in times of difficulty – “Be the rock when the storm comes”.
With one eye to Rio, where he will be leading the Irish Golf team to this year’s Olympic Games, he finished off the event with an inspiring and strong sentiment, to which the Irish Golf team can surely relate to - "Passion got us where we are but it is attitude which will shape our future."
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