Energised business leadership is essential if the label industry is to continue to grow and develop successfully – and giving future leaders the tools to do this is a key part of the growth strategy, an industry leader claims.
Managing Director of FINAT, Jules Leijeune, says family business entrepreneurship and continuous innovation have been key to the success of the self-adhesive label community since its early days in the 1960s and 1970s.
“They remain of vital importance to business success, but these times of change also demand additional personal and managerial skills of the next generation now moving into company leadership,” he said.
Jules was speaking in the aftermath of the third FINAT annual Young Managers Club Global Summit in Budapest, where the next-generation leaders of label companies spent three days of learning and networking. The summit began with a full-day workshop entitled Getting Promoted and Avoiding the Pitfalls of Leadership, led by Elaine Eades and Fiona McNamara, experts in management, careers, and interpersonal skills, who are from Liverpool, UK. The workshop lasted a whole day, delivering real insights into the way in which the core structure of a company – its people base – can be successfully and properly managed.
The YMC Summit is designed to guide and support the talent that new leaders represent. It was founded by FINAT, the European label association, to support the successors to Europe’s self-adhesive label print industry founders, owners and managers, to create a networking platform for the new generation of leaders, and to grow management expertise at all levels of the value chain. This year’s event addressed two specific challenges: Winning the generation game and innovation.
FINAT YMC President Dana Kilarksa — herself the recently-appointed second-generation managing director of Slovakian label printers Purgina — said: “We are all the leaders of tomorrow – and our task is to be better than yesterday.”