Leadership Spotlight: David Goldshore, President
David Goldshore: President
How did you get into the recruitment field?
My father owned an executive search firm, so I literally grew up in the business. After graduating from University of Michigan in 1995, technology was everywhere and the IT staffing industry was booming as a result. That combination of my father’s experiences and working in a hot industry drew me into it.
Why is RightClick different than other agencies?
I think it begins with the two partners of our firm. Myself and the other President, Mark. We are two very different leaders. I have the background in sales and recruiting, and Mark is more focused on business and management. That combination is different from what I normally see in other specialized staffing firms.
The other thing I’d say that helps to set up apart is the investment we make in developing our people, Not only the skills that we feel are necessary to be a successful sales person, but we also work to help develop our employees on a personal level.
What does being a leader mean to you?
I think it starts with being great at what you do. People respect people that they believe they can learn and develop from. I’m big on leading by example and holding people accountable to what we define at RightClick as “excellence.”
The other thing I’d say that makes a good leader is being someone that points the finger inwardly rather than outwardly. The easy thing to do is deflect the blame and move on. The hard thing to do is admit that you are flawed and make mistakes. Even after working in this industry for 20 plus years, I regularly make mistakes, but that’s the best way to learn.
How do you keep your employees motivated?
There is no one size fits all answer to this because everyone is motivated by different things, but I think there are a couple of things that we try to do at RightClick. Number one, involve everyone in the decision making process. For example, everyone in the company gets involved with the internal hiring process and has an equal say in who gets hired to work at RightClick.
The second thing is having a career path that is defined by growth and success at each level. At RightClick, we have multiple career tracks that people can take depending upon what they like to do.
Where do you hope to see RightClick in 5 years?
I don’t really think that far out. That’s probably a better question for Mark. What I try to do is enjoy the process and appreciate in the present. My focus is really just on improving the service every single day. I just want to become a more effective and efficient organization for our clients, candidates and employees.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I’m afraid of clowns.