Shar­jah Tatweer Fo­rum launches new batch of lead­er­ship pro­gramme

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SHAR­JAH: Shar­jah Tatweer Fo­rum launched on Tues­day the Shar­jah Lead­er­ship Pro­gramme 2018, which is in­tended to pro­duce for­ward­think­ing lead­ers in both pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors with an em­pha­sis on the en­cour­age­ment of pow­er­ful and cre­ative lead­er­ship. Young lead­ers as­pir­ing to join the pro­gramme can ap­ply till Dec 5.

Jassem Al Bloushi, mem­ber of the Board of Trustees of Rubu Qarn Foun­da­tion for Cre­at­ing Fu­ture lead­ers and In­no­va­tors, said that the Shar­jah Lead­er­ship Pro­gramme is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing lead­ers that will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on their sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

“This year’s edi­tion stands out for its unique fo­cus on cus­tomi­sa­tion. The pro­gramme will com­prise of lead­ers un­der­go­ing two mod­ules from the Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Shar­jah and INSEAD Busi­ness School, in ad­di­tion to fa­cil­i­tat­ing site vis­its to en­ti­ties re­lated to his or her ield of study,” he said.

The se­lec­tion process has been re­vamped with three in­tri­cate lay­ers of screen­ing prior to ac­cep­tance – the irst is psy­cho­me­t­ric (lan­guage and math­e­mat­i­cal train­ing), fol­lowed by group as­sess­ments, and in­ish­ing with in­di­vid­ual in­ter­views.

“Par­tic­i­pants will be in­tro­duced to spe­cialised coach­ing and men­tor­ing through the com­pa­nies that they work with, to iden­tify their goals for pro­fes­sional growth, gen­er­ate a di­a­logue with stake­hold­ers, and cre­ate ac­tion plans,” Al Bloushi added.

The progress of each young leader will be re­viewed pe­ri­od­i­cally and they will be given valu­able and con­struc­tive feed­back on how can their skills can be im­proved, and what their ex­pec­ta­tions are there­after. Through these se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties, it can be deter­mined of each in­di­vid­ual’s unique tal­ents and the par­tic­i­pant who most showed po­ten­tial for im­prove­ment will be pro­moted for a higher course.

The pro­gramme’s ob­jec­tives have been up­graded in or­der to pro­duce lead­ers with three speciic qual­i­ties: in­tr­preneurs, lead­ing or­gan­i­sa­tional in­no­va­tion through the ap­pli­ca­tion of prob­lem-solv­ing and cre­ative-think­ing; en­trepreneurs, lead­ers of strong and fea­si­ble projects that ad­vance the econ­omy; and so­cial en­trepreneurs, lead­ers with im­pact-based projects that cre­ate pos­i­tive com­mu­nity changes.

On this oc­ca­sion, Shar­jah Tatweer Fo­rum also signed part­ner­ship agree­ments with Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Shar­jah and INSEAD Busi­ness School as aca­demic part­ners for the pro­gramme.

Dr Björn Kjer­fve, Chan­cel­lor of Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Shar­jah, said “We con­sider the knowl­edge and skills gained are vi­tal in to­day’s work­place, and in pre­par­ing in­di­vid­u­als and their in­dus­tries for the fu­ture. We are proud to pro­vide young ex­ec­u­tives the op­por­tu­nity of en­hanc­ing their pro­fes­sional and lead­er­ship skills as they set out on their ca­reers.”

Neil Jones, Se­nior Afil­i­ate pro­fes­sor of strat­egy at the INSEAD Mid­dle East Cam­pus in Abu Dhabi added. “INSEAD is proud to part­ner with Shar­jah Tatweer Fo­rum and to be able to use our ex­cel­lence in lead­er­ship devel­op­ment to ad­vance promis­ing Emi­rati youth in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors.”

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