Scotia Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Audrey Tugwell-Henry captured the Live2Lead Leadership Award at the John Maxwell Live2Lead Conference at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in St Andrew last Friday (October 8).
In the view of the judges, Tugwell-Henry embodied the John Maxwell DNA values in her leadership skills, with Seprod Group’s CEO, Richard Pandohie receiving the secondary prize as he won the Leading With Significance Award.
According to Tugwell-Henry, the victory is for the large team of professionals she leads at Scotia Group.
“Winning this leadership award means a lot to me. At the heart of it, leadership is a people business and so winning this award says to me that, as a team, we can achieve great things,” Tugwell-Henry said.
“I have to say that this award is really for the Scotia Group team of professionals, which I am honoured to lead. They give of themselves every day and come out during a pandemic to serve our customers with excellent service and keep the bank safe amidst all the challenges to build the community.
“I would say as a leader, I see myself as a part of the team. It is not about me but the team and how I am impacting the team and including them as part of the overall objectives for the organisation,” she continued.
Mickalia Huie, of Central High School in Clarendon, won the Live2Lead Youth Scholarship Award in a unanimous decision by the judges, who were impressed with her essay on the work that she is doing in her community.
The winner of the Live2Lead Youth Scholarship Award has to be between the ages of 13-17 and exemplifies the criterion of leadership at the community level.Huie will be placed in a one-year leadership and mentorship programme, which is expected to enhance her leadership skills. She will also be mentored along her career path.
Meanwhile, the John Maxwell Live2Lead Leadership conference was twinned with the awards with public and private sector leaders, getting the opportunity to join with colleagues at more than 300 sites across the world.
The conference was an online event, but the Live2Lead team in Jamaica had a VIP session for a limited group of executives. They were guided by a panel of experts from Forbes magazine.
The organiser of the event Erica McKenzie, CEO of Creative Concept Limited, said: “We hosted live, the Live2Lead Jamaica conference, which is a global event. We were joining over 300 host sites across the world, both online and a limited in-persons VIP Live2Lead session.”
They were joined with some of the most powerful leaders in the world and the feedback has been phenomenal.
“They have gained significant and powerful insights about how they can take back to grow and expand their leadership and will be benefitting from an extended learning experience, where they go through learning experience on leadership and how they will use those resources to help develop and grow leadership team of these amazing companies that were a part of this experience,” McKenzie said.
Participants expressed happiness from the experience gained by being a part of the conference. They included Senior Amy Johnson-Lynch, director for project and enterprise risk management at the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), entertainer Geddys ‘Ch4se’ Ferguson; and Mark Haddad, director of sales at IPrint Digital.
PEARLS AND NUGGETS
“What stood out for me most was that leadership is a perspective and embedded in that perspective is how successful you are in influencing people, adding value to their lives and in just embracing change. That was most significant.
“It was more than I had expected. The John Maxwell team is organised. They are manageable. The nuggets that they imparted, as I said, were timely relevant in this significant time of change. It was far beyond what I had expected,” Johnson-Lynch said.
Haddad agreed: “The things that were given to us, the pearls, the nuggets that were delivered by the team of speakers, including John Maxwell were very powerful, very useful, very concise.
“Some of the biggest takeaways from it were what legacy do I want to leave as a leader and as a leader and it came down to service of the community as one of the biggest takeaways I got. We are a company that is not there to make noise, but to serve,” he said.
Ferguson said: “It was very empowering. I feel like the real value in just connecting to the stories that each speaker had to share. It is my first Live2Lead so I didn’t have anything to compare it to, but just overall I feel like it was packed with values.”