Hussain al Nowais is the managing director and chairman at Emirates holdings in Abu Dhabi. He has a lot of experience in different sectors such as the banking sector, construction, real estate and investment among others and has been a global industrialist and non-business strategist. He has become one very experienced and skilled individual and someone to look up to from the experience gathered in the various sectors in business. Too many, he has been a great source of inspiration and many important lessons drawn from him.
For example a CEO, vision is very important for any leader. You must be able to have full knowledge of the business from the inside out when you’re a leader. One thing you must have in mind is where the company is headed and where it ought to be. It is only at this point that you will be able to guide their employees under them and how to handle things. The cause of action to be taken and decisions to be made is dictated by the vision. This gives the company and everyone in them a sense of direction.
Another important quality is that one must be accessible and approachable by everyone in the company or business. The open-door system is the approach that has taken over. This simply means that anyone can be able to approach leadership without any hindrances and share their hearts and mind concerning certain things that could be troubling them.
Respect is another great quality. Respect is one thing that is two-way in that when you respect someone you’re also respected in return. It is always good to respect your employees even though they are under you and under your command. You and respect instead of commanding and therefore peaceful coexistence is created between you and your employees. As they are relating among themselves you will be a good example to them that they will emulate.
Even as you scale up the ladder, one thing that has also been pointed out is learning from people. Those people around us always teach us something for instance even those who are below us for example employees. It is important that you continue learning from people and not to despise anyone even as you scale up the career ladder. For this to Sears to just be knowledge but to transform you, make sure you apply and put into practice.
The last important thing is even to yourself and others, you must be true and honest. People will do the same to you as you do to them.