Gareth Henry is a rare breed and one of the most admired business leaders to date. In 2000 he successfully completed a degree in Actuarial mathematics at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
After graduation he got a job with Schroders, a global investment company. He later moved to the US to work with Fortress. His role at Fortress entails organizing marketing activities in the US, Europe and in the Middle East.
Gareth Henry also oversees the wealth and pension funds of the firm and the insurance relations in other countries. He moved up the ladder again as the global leader of Investor Relations. He has leveraged the skills he earned at Fortress and Schroders to organize sales and to help in the growth of the company.
Gareth Henry has cut out a career for himself that very few people with his training have done. Working his way up in the management of hedge funds and private equity was the tell tale sign of his incredible intelligence. He managed to craft such a career because of his knack for making friends and talking to clients and colleagues about making sound investments.
Mentorship is one strategy that has helped him greatly in his business and career. Gareth has around 20 mentors who are all experts in their fields and whom he always goes to for advice. He reckons that it takes great humility to accept the leadership of others but this has worked for him because he only gets to implement the working formula of those who have already succeeded.
However, his only regret is that sometimes he took on more tasks than he could handle. He found a solution by creating better management structures. As a financial advisor, Gareth Henry believes that you shouldn’t have more than 5 people reporting to you at any one time. He has three key life tips that he operates
· Learn to meditate and to be mindful.
· Always ask for feedback from your friends, colleagues and clients for improvement.
· It is okay to make small and slow strides as long as you don’t stop. This is a quote attributed to Confucius.