James Donovan, Goldman Sachs managing director and adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, often draws on his personal experience during his lectures.

He explains that the two essential components to a successful workplace; excellence and strong relationships. He went on to add that it is important to take pride in what you do, and do it well. Confidence, he says, encourages trust.

“By building solid relationships, you will create a web of professionals within which you will be well know and well respected. And that’s good for any business across the board,” he said.

He added: “Remember, study what you enjoy, demonstrate your excellence and your interest, be conversant in as many languages as possible, build solid relationships, create a strong professional network and always take time off.”

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