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Vistage is a global organisation that brings together business leaders from various industries in a collaborative and supportive community. With a membership of over 45,000 leaders spread across 35 countries, Vistage offers a valuable platform for executives to connect, learn, and grow. The organisation provides executive coaching, peer advisory groups, and a range of resources designed to enhance leadership skills and drive business success.
Vistage members participate in regular meetings where they can confidentially discuss challenges, exchange ideas, and gain insights from their peers. These small, diverse groups foster a sense of trust and camaraderie, allowing members to openly explore solutions and perspectives. Additionally, Vistage offers one-to-one coaching sessions, expert speaker events, and workshops to further develop leadership abilities.
By leveraging the collective knowledge and experience of its vast network, Vistage empowers leaders to make better decisions, overcome obstacles, and achieve their professional and personal goals.
The ideal candidate for this role would possess a wealth of experience, with a minimum of 12-15 years in C-level positions, demonstrating their ability to navigate complex business landscapes. They should have a proven track record of handling significant P&L responsibilities, managing budgets of £5M or more.
A key attribute for this candidate is their passion for mentoring others, showing a genuine desire to invest in the growth and development of fellow executives. They should have first-hand experience in leading high-performing teams, showcasing their ability to motivate and inspire others to achieve exceptional results.
Furthermore, the candidate must possess the availability and drive to build their own practise, leveraging their expertise to provide valuable guidance and support to CEOs and senior executives. Their exceptional listening skills, combined with the ability to challenge conventional thinking, allow them to facilitate meaningful discussions and foster innovation. Ultimately, their desire to help other CEOs succeed at a higher level should be the driving force behind their commitment to this role.
Harry Marsland, a former marketing and advertising professional, became a Vistage Chair after learning about the organisation and its benefits.
He joined Vistage in 2016 and underwent training that he found to be incredibly educational and impressive. Despite facing challenges such as having no business contacts in the North East and competition from other chairs, Harry focused on his core belief that being a member of Vistage should be a badge of honour for business leaders. He followed the training diligently and successfully built his first group within four and a half months.
In March 2017, he launched his first group meeting, which quickly fostered strong bonds and a supportive environment. Impressed by the success of his initial group, Harry decided to build a Key group, which clicked even quicker than the first one. Harry describes being a Vistage Chair as the most rewarding work he has ever done, utilising his business knowledge and interpersonal skills within a proven structure. He emphasises the importance of humility and openness in Vistage members and explains that being a chair involves facilitating discussions rather than providing all the answers.
Harry credits Vistage’s formula and community for the foundation of his groups, while adding his personal touch and continuous learning from other Chairs. Reflecting on his Vistage journey, Harry advises new chairs to trust the process, follow the training, and believe in the value that Vistage offers to business leaders. He also highlights a personal success storey where a member discovered their true aspirations during a group meeting and ultimately secured a promotion to the position they desired. Overall, Harry finds immense joy and excitement in being a Vistage Chair and cherishes the opportunity to support and learn from fellow business leaders.