Paul Saunders, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of James River Capital has almost 40 years of experience as a leader in the investment management sector. Throughout his career, he learned how to lead his administrative and management team members based on life experience and research. What Saunders discovered is that the ingredients to leadership success are support, effective communication, and interaction. He knows firsthand that leaders must build trust and loyalty with their teams to receive the same characteristics and dedication from them.
Over the years, research reveals that college graduates are likely to change employers within four to five years in their early 30s. One major factor is they don’t feel a sense of empowerment nor inclusion in organizations. The results may be a quick employee turnaround which can be costly to companies and cause low productivity. The team at James River Capital are in good hands with Paul Saunders who built his team with sincerity, integrity, loyalty, motivation, and inspiration. He learned early as a leader it’s best to support the team and avoid authoritarianism at all times.
A supportive leader interacts with the team members and should display authentic and sincere enthusiasm for the company and its mission. It makes it easier for the leader and the team to identify issues in the business that need solutions. If there is no trust, it will cause a division among the employees and prolonged accomplishments. The first step to gain their trust is the integrity which includes owning up to mistakes or making safety a priority, for an example.
The responsibilities of the leader at James River Capital is to encourage, motivate, instruct, and sometime discipline. Paul Saunders encourages other leaders to perfect their communications skills and to be good listeners. In team meetings, he believes they must be transparent and open to communication for efficient collaboration and innovation. As there are risks involved in most investment strategies, a leader takes on risk when making decisions. Paul spent many years leading the James River Capital team to success by taking risks with managing investments and hedge fund portfolios.
Paul Saunders founded James River Capital, formerly known as KP Futures in 1986 and had its name changed in 1995. He served as President of KP nine years and presently, serves as Chairman, Principle, and Portfolio Manager at the headquartered location in Manakin Sabot, Virginia. The independent investment firm offers investment advisory, commodity trading, hedge fund management, and other services. Without a strong and skillful leader, the firm would not have experienced success over the last four decades. As of July 2018, Saunders and his team manage approximately $570 million in alternative investment products. Learn more: https://www.cbinsights.com/investor/james-river-capital