The '4 Hs' of the ideal manager according to Fainé: humility, humanity, humor and honesty

17/06/2021 – 21:20

The president of the “la Caixa” Foundation, Isidre Fainé, summarized in ‘four H’ the basic qualities for good business managers. Fainé has sponsored the promotion of the last course of Edem School of Entrepreneurs in Valencia and shared with the graduates his vision on business leadership and the characteristics of the manager of the future.

“When you’re in a hurry, genius comes out,” said the manager, recalling that Dalí himself had admitted to a journalist that he even dressed “very tightly” when he was looking for his creativity to emerge.

The president of the banking foundation considered that the manager of the future must be characterized by counting and developing what he called “the four H’s”. Some qualities that he summed up in humility, humanity, humor and honesty.

Fainé considered that a good executive must be humble and know that “the medals are for the team.” He also demanded empathy with colleagues and humor. “There is nothing worse than living with an ashen,” he remarked. “You are a leader when you get people to believe your intentions,” he asserted, to ensure that authority is achieved without coercion.

In addition, he urged graduate entrepreneurs and managers to “have a disciplined mind, a synthesizing mind, a creative mind, a respectful mind, and an ethical mind.” He also asked entrepreneurs that the role of entrepreneurs should be to promote social progress and the importance of offering a job to compatriots and feeling useful.

“Life is service,” recalled Fainé, who assured that this was something his father had taught him. The executive also reminded his mother, that “she was a great businesswoman, she always haggled”, and joked that it is something that he has had to put into practice at Naturgy.

Recognition of Juan Roig

For his part, the president of Mercadona, Juan Roig thanked Fainé “how great a Catalan and how great a Catalan you are”.

134 students from Course 15×15, modular Executive MBA (EMBA) and EMBA with specialization were present at the graduation. It was chaired by Hortensia Roig, president of Edem and has also had the participation of her father and president of Mercadona, Juan Roig, also honorary president of the academic entity.

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