#AllIsAboutPeople #Episode16 @SergioHinchado

We reach the 16th Interview to bring on Authentic Leaders and, in this case, we stay in Madrid to meet with @SergioHinchado who is leading the Life Sciences division at #Hays within Spain.

If I must choose only one quote from the interview, I will choose the following: “To inspire is to surprise; therefore, the leader must go one step further and be one step ahead into the future”.

I´m sure all you are going to enjoy and learn from this interesting interview!

  • Full name: Sergio Hinchado Leal
  • Place of birth: Madrid
  • Place of residence: Madrid
  • Personal situation: married, 2 children (7 years)
  • Professional situation: Director, Life Sciences Division at Hays
  • Education: Law Degree (Complutense de Madrid), Msc. Human Resources (Garrigues) & PDD (IESE)
  • Hobbies: Reading, Music, T.V. Series, and spending time with the family
  • Favourite book: “La insoportable levedad del ser” by Milan Kundera
  • Favourite movie: Good Will Hunting
  • Favourite song: “Black” by Pearl Jam

“I´ve learned that the practices/models you use in the “good” moments not always work during the crisis: the management practices for the peaks are not working on your valleys”

  • What makes you get out of bed every morning? It takes me nothing to get up in the morning, I have a good awakening. But what really makes me wake every morning up is the curiosity to learn new things every day.
  • What has been your most professional achievement? I would consider all my growing professional career in which I can combine several of my passions: people focus, the technical side within the Life Sciences area, and teaching. It is a perfect combination in which one area doesn´t make sense without the other.
  • What has been the biggest professional crisis you have suffered? Like in everything in life, there are always ups and downs. I joined Hays in the middle of the real estate bubble (2004) and then, suddenly, the crisis came forcing to reinvent ourselves. Now with COVID pandemic we have been experiencing something similar… It is true that with the speed of our life it is difficult to enjoy all the moments we live. Something that I´ve learned is that the practices/models you use in the “good” moments not always work during the crisis: “the management practices for the peaks are not working on your valleys”.
  • What would you do differently if you could start again? Be more patient, determined and trust others (and myself) more often.
  • What are you currently learning? I continue working on the never-ending world of self-awareness and I keep alive my innate curiosity for many different topics by going-deeper on different areas of knowledge, such as Leadership, Life Sciences, Interaction between Sciences & IT, Time Management, Parenting…

“The capability for active listening is key for being successful as a leader”

  • How would you define yourself as a leader? Leading by example is my way to behave. Then I would say I´m conciliator, ambitious and always with continuous improvement in mind.
  • What is the primary characteristic of a leader? The capability for active listening is key for being successful as a leader.
  • What are you doing, or have you done to inspire your team? Having fun is critical for a team; it breaks barriers, help to close different point of views and different positions, and most important, it evens us out as human. To inspire is to surprise; therefore, the leader must go one step further and be one step ahead into the future.
  • Tell me a Leader who has positively influenced you. Why? I´ve found many leaders in many facets of my life: professional, academic, personal… I´m a firm believer that we must seek leadership practices more than just one person. If I need to choose a leader, I will say Albert Einstein; his leadership transcended his discoveries in theoretical physics and he was an advocate for many just causes, like pacifism in the pre-WW2 moments of warmongering escalation
  • Law degree and more than 17 years in the Talent area, how did you get into the HR area? Serendipity maybe? We are 3 brothers with degrees in law and none have practiced as such. I am the youngest one of the three brothers and when I was finishing my degree my middle brother was already working in the HR area, which influenced me, and that led me to complete a Master in HR. I was attracted to everything that involved my brother and his work in HR. I started reading related books and specifically by an Author, Santiago Alvarez De Mon Pan de Soraluce. Therefore, I would say a little bit of serendipity and influence from family and other experts on the HR area.

“The main legacy I would like to leave in this world is that people remind me with a smile”

  • What does it mean for you to work in the Life Sciences industry? The Life Sciences industry gives me everything I like about my profession: people development, innovation, purpose, business success stories… it is a very tangible sector.  
  • What would you like to do if you were not what you are today? I would like to do the same tasks but in another sector. (depth, serving people, intellectual stimulation and at the same time executing, curiosity…)  
  • What legacy do you want to leave in this world? The main legacy I would like to leave in this world is that people remind me with a smile.
  • What are you doing to get it? Treating everyone well and equally…, it is essential.
  • Finally, what would be your recommendation for young talents who are starting their careers? Be curious, make up your mind, find your motivation / passion, surround yourself with good people, don’t fear mistakes, you can always go one step further, enjoy what you do and take time for yourself.

Thank you so much Sergio for your time and collaboration on this Project!

All Is About People!

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