Being young and ambitious is good, but not everyone will be convinced that you know what you are doing, especially those who have been around much longer than you and have seen it all. When you can attract such mature and experienced talent to pursue your vision, it boots your confidence and self-belief. It also puts an obligation on you to avoid disappointing such people. I am grateful for having worked with some very senior professionals who demonstrated immense respect for my leadership on the board and in management. They have inspired me with their commitment, honesty and measured loyalty. We built a strong bond of trust and respect for each other, even when we had different views on some issues.
About Gwarega Dambudzo
With a background in social and economic infrastructure delivery as an engineer, I redirected my energy into mentoring owners of small and medium-sized businesses to formalise their structures, comply with legislation, improve operations and financial performance, manage risk, and build strategic partnerships. An MBA qualification helped me to hone these skills while leading and managing a consulting engineering practice I founded more than ten years ago. I am passionate about entrepreneurship, business strategy, governance, stakeholder engagement and risk management, skills I am ready to deploy on any Board as a non-executive director. On the topical nexus of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG), I believe diversity and inclusivity are beneficial to organisations and should be leveraged responsibly without destroying the value-creating capacity of the organisations.
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