Liberty Financial’s CEO Mark Collins on who inspires him and what he’d do if he was the Prime Minister for a day

Q: Who or what has inspired you into financial services?
A:
It actually was my mother who for many years worked at ASB after returning to work. She loved her time there, and as a kid it seemed an exciting industry to be part of. It took me a while to get back there though after travelling and I really didn't start my financial services journey until in my 30s.

Q: What sort of leadership style do you have?
A:
I believe in getting the right people in the business, engaging them in a shared vision and getting out of their way. I would definitely describe myself as a “macro manager.” I have found that leadership is critical at all levels of the business and should not rest with one person due to the title on their business card. When a business achieves full accountability and buys-in, it creates sustainable long-term engagement.

Q: How would you sum up financial advisers in three words?
A:
Undervalued. Professional. Driven.

Q: What do you see as the biggest opportunity for the financial industry in 2018?
A:
To continue to strive for transparency and integrity at all levels of the value chain.

Q: If you were Prime Minister for one day, what would you do?
A:
Wear one of those colourful APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) shirts.

Q: If you could have dinner with any three people (dead or alive, excluding family or friends), who would you invite and why?
A:
Barack Obama; to understand if he truly is as smart and balanced as he seems, Mohamed Ali; to meet “the greatest” and understand his drive and Salvador Dali; to see just how weird and twisted he really is.

Q: Complete this sentence:
A:
If I wasn’t in financial services industry, I would be working in the not-for-profit sector.

Source: www.nzadviseronline.co.nz