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. Because of the experience and skill from the various sectors in business has become someone to look up. Too many, he has been a great source of inspiration and many important lessons drawn from him.
For any leader, vision is very important for example a CEO. As a leader you must be able to have full knowledge of the business from the inside out. You should know exactly where the company is headed and where they ought to be. It is until then that they’ll be able to guide employees and those under them on how things should be handled. 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.
One must be accessible and approachable by everyone in the company or business and this is another important quality that has been learned. The open-door system is the approach that has taken over. Everyone can be able to reach out to the leadership without any difficulties and share their hearts in mind concerning certain things troubling them through this system.
Another great quality is respect. If you want people to respect you also have to respect them because respect is one thing that is two-way. Respect your employees even though they are under you and are under your command because it is always good respect. The importance of this is that instead of commanding respect you and respect and peaceful coexistence is created between you and your employees. You will be a good example to employees and they will emulates these when relating among themselves.
Even as you scale up the ladder, one thing that has also been pointed out is learning from people. We learn from different people around us even those that are below us for instance employees. As you scale up the career ladder, it is important that you continue learning from people and not to despise anyone. For this to Sears to just be knowledge but to transform you, make sure you apply and put into practice.
Finally, it is good to be honest and true to yourself and others. People will do the same to you as you do to them.