Gwarega Dambudzo

What is your best advice for people on how to recruit great team members? by Gwarega Dambudzo

A positive attitude is vital to teams’ performance, be they project teams, sports teams, or company boards. The adage that a chain is as strong as its weakest link is valid here. While relevant qualifications and experience are essential, the impact of a member’s attitude is significant. We have witnessed highly talented and skilled members failing to make an impact in teams because of their attitude. Whichever position one is hired for, other equally essential team members exist. Recruitment practices that assess candidates’ attitudes, such as emotional intelligence assessment and situational judgement tests, can be helpful.

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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