“Everything that you do as a leader you’re doing through other people. You’ve got to make sure that you believe in them so they will trust you and do what needs to be done,” shares Francois Henriquez, EVP, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Today, Francois brings his 25 years of leadership experience to the table to discuss the role of leadership in financial institutions.
After being mesmerized by the Watergate hearings, Francois knew he wanted to be a lawyer. As he moved through his career and began to step into leadership roles, he learned that his true calling was to help bridge the gap between the lawyers and their clients. His unique experience made him the perfect person to help everything run smoothly because he was able to explain the law to the businessmen and explain the business imperatives to the lawyers. Francois has realized that being a leader doesn’t necessarily mean being the smartest person in the room, but rather having the ability to connect with others and build trust.
The most successful leaders are people who can earn the respect and trust of their team. Because once that is established, people will do what needs to be done. Tune into today’s episode of The Future is Bright to learn more about the importance of leadership and the role it plays in the organization of financial institutions.
Quotes “Sometimes it’s easier to achieve things if you don’t know that they’re unattainable.” (5:20–5:25 | Francois)
“I learned that no matter how dark it seems, there is always a way to get to the other side. It may be very, very painful. But there’s life on the other side.” (15:14–15:28 | Francois)
“Everything that you do as a leader you’re doing through other people. So you’ve got to make sure that you believe in them and they know that you’ve got their back. And so they will believe in you and trust you and do what needs to be done.” (16:26–16:42 | Francois)