A captain on the pitch to a leader in the boardroom

Paul ReidPaul Reid has had the kind of football career that many can only dream of.

Signed by Rangers as a teenager for a million pounds, he shared a training ground with the likes of Paul Gascoigne and Mikel Arteta. He would later lead Barnsley to League One play-off final glory in front of 55,000 people at the Millennium Stadium.

But ask him for his personal highlight of nearly two decades in the game and his response might surprise you.

“I think my number one achievement was actually to be a professional footballer in the first place,” he said.

“If you ask the majority of young boys I think they would say it is their dream to play football for a living. It’s only now that I’ve realised how lucky I am to have lived that dream.”

This ability to take a step back and view the bigger picture is one of the many skills that Reid developed as a player, which he is hoping to bring with him into the next phase of his career. Now a studying for VSI’s MSc in Sporting Directorship, he is beginning to realise just how valuable his experiences on the pitch could prove to be in the boardroom.

“I’ve been captain of every team I’ve ever played for, since I was ten-years-old. I already had the natural traits that people look for in a leader. There’s a section of the course on self reflection which has helped me understand what those traits are and how I can use them.

“I’ve found that I’ve got a good mix of leaderships styles. I can be quite authoritative and step in when it’s needed but I can also be democratic and listen to others.”

It’s no surprise that a man so accustomed to leading from the front and taking on extra responsibilities has his eye firmly set on a senior position in the football world. Keen to use his talents and experiences to benefit the game he loves, Reid identified the VSI MSc as the key to achieving his ambitions.

“I’ve given it a lot of thought and ultimately I want to be a director of football or head of operations or even CEO of a football club,” he said.

“I’m really enjoying the course, I can’t read books and articles quick enough. Even the six hour drive from Southampton I’m buzzing with ideas the whole way and I can’t wait to get started.

“We’ve had some excellent guest speakers who have been very candid about some of the difficulties they’ve had. It’s made me realise that there is no one size fits all approach to any problem.

“I’ve already got the playing experience, hopefully with the academic side as well I can become the full package.”

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