Brett Stephens, our chief executive officer, was profiled in the Greenwich Time this week for the paper’s “Behind the Suits” column, a bi-weekly feature series highlighting executives who live or work in Greenwich, their advice for others in the business world, and what they do to achieve success.
If Brett Stephens weren’t in business, he’d be a history teacher.
“I’ve always been fascinated by lessons of the past,” Stephens said. “I’m drawn to the experiences of older people.”
While he may not be a teacher in the traditional sense of the word, Stephens, who grew up in Greenwich with his parents teaching at Brunswick School and Stanwich School, is now the CEO of Greenwich-based executive-search firm RSR Partners and has developed a leadership style he says is directly tied to his parents’ careers.
“I see myself as a servant leader,” Stephens said. “I’ve taken the lessons from my roots and my family of teachers, and I see myself as a teacher or coach. I feel it is my responsibility to help people reach their potential. I’m very hands on, I’m very open, very inclusive and very conscientious.”
RSR Partners is an executive-search consulting firm with clients in an array of industries and functions. Stephens has been the recruiting firm’s CEO for two years and said he knew at an early age — certainly influenced by Greenwich’s thriving financial sector and the lifestyle to which his friends and peers were accustomed — a career in business was where he saw himself. He said he’s been fortunate to find a niche he’s passionate about and supports the values he learned from his parents, particularly his father. As the son of a competitive tennis player and coach, Stephens grew up as part of a team.
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