Jun 14

McGinley Tells Business Leaders to Look to Sport for Winning Strategies

Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, also a founder of Clubs to Hire, at EY World Entrepreneur of the Year awards buildupEntrepreneurs and business directors can learn a lot about leadership, talent management and developing winning strategies from sport, Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has said.

Addressing business leaders and founders at an event associated with the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year awards, he said there was a huge correlation between what a business leader does and what a Ryder Cup captain does.

Speaking to The Irish Times he said: “You find out what you’re dealing with and play to your strengths.”

He said golf, like business, also needs to track results, examine metrics and have goals. “They deal in pounds, shillings and pence, and we deal in points.”

Also speaking on Monte Carlo, to business leaders and EY Entrepreneur of the Year country winners, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said self-assurance and having a strong personality were crucial to successful leadership.

“You have to have a strong personality when you’re leading people. And I’ve got a pretty strong personality. I never doubted myself. Even in the dark days when I first joined Manchester United, I knew that what I was doing was completely right.”

He said he made a point of never criticising his players publicly and stressed the importance of praise and saying “well done”.

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