CEOx1Day: building for the future

06 Nov 2018

CEOx1Day: building for the future

Jonas de Barros Carvalho shares why the time he spent with the CEO of a major Brazilian business was priceless.

I took part in the CEOx1Day programme to gain as much experience as possible early on in my career. I spent the day with Eduardo Gouveia, then CEO of Cielo, Brazil’s largest payments solutions company, who taught me that ideas come before things and that those ideas come from people.

Jonas de Barros Carvalho

The key is to find a way of giving people the opportunity to blossom and express their ideas.

Being able to shadow a senior executive of one of the biggest companies in Brazil enabled me to gain perspective on how a large company operates and what you must leverage in order to achieve success. That means a focus on people, consumers, results and digital transformation.

I learned that leadership is about being consistent, ethical and honest in what you do. In addition, Eduardo taught me you have to have empathy for people and know your business inside and out.

To be a strong leader, you must have conviction and a natural optimism.

I am now a partner in a new e-commerce business selling high-end fashion. Now that I am at the helm of a business, every decision I take has consequences.

Immediate impact

Sometimes, as young people, we don’t see or understand the consequences of our actions. But in business, some decisions have an immediate impact, such as hiring and firing employees or buying equipment. The decisions I make can and will impact the business on both a macro and a micro level.

In order to connect teams, you must align the vision of the company with the vision of each individual. If you can do that, you will have fewer problems. But more than that, I try to give my employees a sense of belonging. It’s so important to devolve responsibility to capable individuals. I think that giving freedom to people definitely helps with retention.

Honest answers

I think the best way to realise one’s potential is by being honest about who you are and what you desire. It’s incredibly difficult at times, but with patience and effort, you can make it work.

I think we, the new generation, should start asking more of ourselves: who are we, where are we going and what do we want to do with our world?

If we answer these questions honestly, we can build a business, choose a career, excel in our objectives, and convince people to help us with our goals.

This article is from the latest ‘Talent and Potential’ edition of the Odgers Berndtson magazine, OBSERVE.

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