It is always tough when somebody has to be the boss. It is a very delicate balancing act and takes the right person with the right skills to get the job done. They need to know how to connect with people, reach out to them, and relate to them.
The thing to remember is that everyone handles things differently. Some people, if you are abrupt with them, it might shatter their confidence. Some people need a gentle pat on the back to let them know they are doing a good job and remind them and that they are a vital part of the company.
Stephen Murray always knew how to handle each and every employee at CCMP Capital. He was the best at knowing how to get people to succeed and knew all the right buttons to push. When he hired someone for the private equity firm, he got to know them and find out their pros and their cons.
Once he knew this and took the time to interact with them, he could maximize their results. That is what a leader does and how a leader acts. He knew as the president and chief executive officer of CCMP Capital, he had to be the one to lead the way and rally the troops.
One must remember that this was a man that went to school at Boston College and Columbia Business School. He even earned his master’s degree from Columbia Business School. When that training, he learned how to be a business leader.
When he had to work on transactions, deals, and buyouts, there was a lot that went into it. It isn’t just a simple yes or no. Not only is he managing people, but he is also managing a business at the same time. Lots of people might crumble under the pressure.
Instead, he succeeded with flying colors and knocked it out of the park each and every time on a personal level with his employees and with his clients. It is a tough balancing act to pull off, but if anyone could do it, it was Stephen Murray.
Stephen Murray was built for it and had the intestinal fortitude for it. There is a reason he was put in charge of a lot of high profile projects and was asked to do the things he did. He was because he was trusted and he earned that trust.