Steve Bell was appointed Managing Partner of Mason Alexander Technology in January 2019. Mason Alexander is an Irish Business delivering key talent, leadership and consulting solutions to businesses in Ireland and across Europe. Previous to this, Mr Bell spent five years as Group Director and MD of Stelfox IT Recruitment. Prior to Stelfox, he spent ten years with Premier Group/Morgan McKinley, climbing the ranks from Recruiter to Director and building their IT Recruitment Business. He is co-founder of Leaders in Tech, a membership group connecting tech leaders globally.
What has been your career highlight to date?
In my first stand-alone business leadership role with Stelfox, I transformed the business from a small locally focused business to a group with multiple market-led solutions and products with an international focus increasing revenue by 260% during this time, which included a significant contracting business.
What qualities do you need to succeed in business?
Focus, discipline, positivity and humility. Know that you are not always right.
Who or what are your main influences?
Personally, it’s my dad, a great man.
Professionally, it’s more the people that I have previously worked for and with, and my current colleagues, rather than the high profile gurus. In my early career, Alan Smith from Pacific International, Pat and Ger Fitzgerald from Premier Group/Morgan McKinley, and currently, Liam Laffey, Keith Molony and the Director group here at Stelfox. They all lead from the front and were very relatable as well as being very successful. I have great respect for them all.
What is the most challenging part of your role?
As we are a new business, it’s all hands on deck and I am wearing many different hats, so managing my time and ensuring I can spend enough time on the near focused commercial targets of the business combined with enough time on the longer-term strategic direction of the business.
What, in your view, is the biggest challenge facing directors in Ireland today?
Hiring and retaining the best talent.
What, in your opinion, makes a great leader?
Someone you can trust is paramount. I also believe that great leaders focus on someone’s strengths and not their weaknesses.
A great leader should lead by example and always be available and accessible, however not a micro manager. In my view a great leader’s role is to create the environment and provide the platform for people to be successful, it’s not about constant hand-holding, standing over them and doing it for them.
What do you hope to gain from your membership with the IoD?
An introduction to a broader network of directors across a variety of industries as well as access to director specific training and information events.