Hussain al Nowais is the managing director and chairman at Emirates holdings in Abu Dhabi. He is a renowned business strategist and global industrialist who has a lot of experience in different sectors such as the banking sector, construction, real estate and investments among others. 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.
First and foremost, vision is very important for any leader for example a CEO. 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. Only then will they be able to guide the employees under them on how to go about things. It is vision that dictates the decisions that should be made and the course of action to be taken in every situation. 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.
One other important quality is respect. If you want people to respect you also have to respect them because respect is one thing that is two-way. 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.
One thing that has also been pointed out is learning from people even as you scale up the ladder. Even from people who were below as for instance employees, we always learn from those people around us. Scaling up the career ladder shall not make you despise anyone but if anything, it is important that you continue learning from them. Make sure that you apply and put into practice whatever you learn so that it may transform you and seems to be knowledge.
But not least, it is important to be true and honest with yourself and others. People will likewise be true to you as you become true to them.