Lessons Learned as a CEO
15 years ago, you started as an Architectural Assistant at SI. It’s been now 3 years since you have taken the helm as CEO. What are some lessons you have learnt as a CEO?
JK: “It’s really been a profound learning experience. A key lesson includes the importance of adaptability. Embracing uncertainty and turning challenges into opportunities.
Another is to listen to your gut – it’s a can be difficult to trust your intuition but learning to listen to that is so important. Also, it’s vital to develop resilience so you can maintain a balance between internal and external perspectives. There will always be external factors that are beyond our control, such as market shifts and unforeseen events like the pandemic. Approaching these with a calm head and resilience is paramount”.
What would you say is your leadership style?
JK: “I’d describe my leadership style as understated, yet action orientated. I believe in leading by example rather than just managing. Inspiring my team to excel is a priority and I want everyone to feel comfortable approaching me with any concerns. Approachability is key to fostering a collaborative work environment”.
How do you keep evolving?
JK: “I think having a sense of curiosity and a zest for learning is the key to continuous evolution. We should always strive to improve, both professionally and personally. This, combined with a deep understanding of our ever-changing environments, ensures that growth remains a constant. I am also incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by a great leadership group of directors and associates who all bring their own unique perspective”.
What gets you up in the morning?
JK: “A key driver for me is the pursuit of my goals. I’m inherently ambitious, despite being more of an introvert. I’m determined to build on the Studio’s success to take us all to greater heights. I also find great joy in learning and engaging in a team environment, where I can exchange ideas and thoughts with brilliant minds”.