Lessons in Leadership with Tom Rumboll

Tom Rumboll is Chief Executive Officer at SYNETIQ an IAA company and one of the UK’s leading vehicle salvage, dismantling and recycling companies.

Here Tom shares with us some of his insights into what makes a successful leader.

What values are more important to you as a leader? 

“Humility, Integrity, Care, Honesty, Gratitude, Purpose.”

Who is a leader that you admire and why?

“Paul Polman (ex Unilever). Whilst at Unilever, he decoupled their business growth from their environmental footprint and proved businesses could produce superior financial returns vs their competitors whilst still being positive for the planet. He did and continues to make a positive difference in the world.”

In your view what is the most important skill for a leader to have?

“If it’s a character trait I would say integrity, if it’s a learned and practiced skill I would say listening.”

What one personal experience have you had that made you a better leader?

“Finding myself unemployed with a young family, and wondering what to do next has made me grateful for any and all the opportunities I have had since.”

What motivates you to be a leader?

“The opportunity and responsibility to make a positive difference.”

What characterises a good leader in your view?

“Authenticity, drive, optimism, consistency, risk tolerance, decisive, effective communication and resilience. If you remain true to yourself, your purpose and your goals effectively communicate these and stay focussed and positive in the face of disappointments and adversity, others will take strength and confidence from this.”

What is the most difficult aspect of being a leader?

“It can sometimes be isolating and feel quite lonely – but fortunately we have a fantastic, collegiate and caring team at SYNETIQ and my wife, Emilie, is incredibly patient and supportive so these moments are fleeting.”