Amidst the uncertainty during these historic and unprecedented times, as to what the eventual outcome will be regarding Brexit, one thing remains a constant for me within the business community of Wales.
I’m referring to the ability of businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to just get on with the job in hand.
At the IoD, the businesses across Wales that I meet with display the characteristics which are essential to business success – tenacity, ambition, professionalism, going the extra mile, positivity, collaboration, to name but a few.
In essence these are businesses doing the right thing for their employees, clients, customers and communities in which they are based and the wider economy of Wales. Such traits will be hugely in evidence at our Director of the Year awards ceremony in Cardiff this Friday at the cricket ground in Sophia Gardens, where we will be honouring finalists and winners of our coveted IoD Director of the Year Awards.
Our Welsh winners are automatically considered for the UK-wide shortlist, with awards taking place in the Autumn, which serve as an additional accolade.
Our Wales awards are into their ninth year and I never cease to be hugely encouraged by the high standard of entries. They demonstrate the very best of Wales – those who are directors and leaders within their own organisations. Now more than ever, we need to acknowledge and recognise great leadership as great leaders mean great directors who create better businesses and better businesses contribute to a better economy, which in turn creates a better society for us all.
Robert Lloyd Griffiths is Director of the Institute of Directors in Wales www.iod.com