Lessons on entrepreneurial versatility with emerging leaders

Leadership is not static – it is a dynamic attribute that requires one to constantly reinvent themselves and evolve to adequately contend with the demands an ever-changing world. The qualities that define a leader today may not necessarily define the leaders of tomorrow, was a message recently delivered to students at the University of The Bahamas (UB).

LaSonya Missick, RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas) managing director and vice president of personal banking and RBC FINCO, lectured UB students on the topic, “The Changing Environment for Entrepreneurs in Today’s World” as part of the Emerging Leaders Distinguished Lecture Series, a joint initiative between the University and RBC.

Missick spoke to UB students through examples of the various models of entrepreneurship employed by some of the most successful tycoons, and provided key pointers on how to be effective leaders in the workplace.

“As a leader, you have to be goal-oriented and desire results,” said Missick. “I can tell you I’ve met a lot of good talkers in my recruitment days, and I want to encourage all of you not to be that only. Because after the talking comes the absolute need for the execution, or you will get nowhere. You will be round and round like a hamster on a wheel with your career.

“So, it’s very important to understand that when you have that goal and you know where you want to go, you’re going to have to be able to push towards that. The other way of saying that is you have to really be results-focused as well.”

Missick delivered an interactive lecture, engaging directly with the students and allowing them to contribute to the discussion with their various opinions during her presentation at the RBC Auditorium at the Franklyn Wilson Graduate Centre.

A key part of her presentation focused on the need for current and future leaders to harness and develop professional versatility – especially those in the entrepreneurial world – which would allow them and their leadership styles to remain viable and relevant in a global corporate environment that is constantly changing.

“So, you may see me here or you’re here in the present, but when you’re in a leadership role or in the corporate world, we’re talking about what’s happening in 2028 or 2030, and that’s because you have to be one step ahead in order to remain relevant,” said Missick.

UB students were not the only ones treated to Missick’s timely and informative lecture. Dr. Erik Rolland, UB president; Dino Hernandez, vice president and institutional advancement and alumni affairs; Kandice Eldon, executive director of corporate and foundation relations were also the recipient of Missick’s words of wisdom.

Eldon thanked Missick and RBC, by extension, for contributing to the development of tomorrow’s leaders in such a tangible way.

“RBC is one of UB’s longstanding and dedicated partners committed to the advancement of national development by investing in education,” said Eldon. “We are delighted to collaborate with the bank for the RBC Lecture Series, and grateful for Mrs. Missick who is such a dynamic speaker. Her presentation, ‘The Changing Environment for Entrepreneurs in Today’s World,’ was timely and inspiring. We look forward to more events where the bank’s subject matter experts can impart their wisdom to our students and wider UB community.”

Ashley Knowles, director, Greek life and student leadership, division of student affairs, said the RBC Emerging Leaders Lecture Series is a significant program within the department of Greek life and student leadership, as it imparts knowledge to university students, which in turn provides them with personal and professional development.

“As our students traverse their academic careers, we will continue to support them in ways that will set them up for professional and personal success once they have graduated,” said Knowles. “We are very grateful that RBC Bahamas is committed to this endeavor and we look forward to our continued relationship.”

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