UAE corporate managers learn secrets of leadership at HCT-Wharton Executive Seminar

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H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor Higher Colleges of Technology, gave a personal welcome Wednesday to the leader and participants in an intensive one-day leadership seminar as he visited the event held at the HCT’s Abu Dhabi Women’s College.

The HCT, together with its partner The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, hosted the first in a series of Executive Business/Management seminars, by world renowned leadership expert Professor Michael Useem, for more than 250 corporate managers from organizations throughout the UAE.

Professor Useem, who has travelled and consulted widely in the Gulf region and throughout the world, conducted the informative and interactive seminar, entitled Developing Your Company Leadership, and noted the honor of HE Sheikh
Nahayan’s visit.

H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan speaks with Professor Michael Useem during the one-day leadership seminar at ADWC.

Prof. Useem is the William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School, the world’s oldest collegiate business school.

Prof. Useem said: “Some people were born to be leaders, but everybody can improve the way they help other people go in the right direction.”

His presentation, which included several detailed case studies as well as small and large group discussions, stressed the importance of teamwork, communication, motivation, and wise and timely decision-making.

Managers who attended the seminar, many of them UAE citizens, felt inspired and renewed by the seminar. Mayada Mahmood Bin Essa said: “Some of Dr. Useem’s points are very valuable in the education sector where I work. For example, he taught us how sharing experiences among staff members increases a company’s success.”

Professor Michael Useem speaking to the seminar attendees who included H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan.

HCT Vice Chancellor Dr. Tayeb Kamali said: “We are pleased to host such a distinguished educator and leadership expert as Professor Useem. Our engagement with the global community, such as the partnership with the Wharton School, has brought his world-renowned expertise to the region, adding to the local body of knowledge and helping to nurture entrepreneurial ideals and current global business practices.”

Speaking of the HCT’s partnership with the Wharton School more broadly, Dr. Kamali said: “Future success in the UAE will depend greatly on well-educated youth to innovate and create new ideas, and implement the latest business practices. As a result of this vital collaboration with Wharton, the Higher Colleges of Technology continues to foster an entrepreneurial spirit and also imparts the best business ideas to the broader community.”

The next HCT-Wharton business/management seminar will be held be delivered by Professor Stuart Diamond on November 13, 2011, entitled Getting More: New negotiation tools to make your business more competitive.

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