Sharjah Tatweer Forum launches the Sharjah Leadership Program 2018

  • Tuesday 14, November 2017 in 7:00 PM
Sharjah24: Sharjah Tatweer Forum announced the commencement of its 2018 edition of the Sharjah Leadership Program at a press conference at Sharjah Chamber of Commerce, on November 14th 2017.
During the conference, Sharjah Tatweer Forum signed partnership agreements with American University of Sharjah and INSEAD Business School as academic partners for the programme.

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the programme intends to produce forward-thinking leaders in both private and public sectors with an emphasis on the encouragement of impactful and creative leadership. Applications are now open and will be accepted until December 5th 2017.

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

Jassem Al Bloushi, Member of the Board of Trustees of Rubu Qarn Foundation for Creating Future leaders and Innovators commented on the momentous occasion: “The Sharjah Leadership Program 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 field of study”.

“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 specific qualities: intrapreneurs, 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.

Dr Björn Kjerfve, Chancellor of American University of Sharjah, said: “American University of Sharjah has long been an advocate of professional education beyond graduation. We consider the knowledge and skills gained are vital in today’s workplace, and in preparing individuals and their industries for the future. “

“I would like to express my appreciation for Mr Jassem Al Blooshi and the Sharjah Tatweer Forum for once again choosing AUS to be an academic partner of the Sharjah Leadership Program for the fifth consecutive year,” added Dr Kjerfve. “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 Affiliate 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”.

Sharjah Leadership Program equips promising individuals with the necessary tools to become effective leaders who are well prepared for and up to standard with the advances of the 21st Century. In line with the UAE Vision 2021, the programme aims to promote human capital development using the principles of knowledge, creativity, and initiative.

Supporting partners for this innovative programme include the Ministry of Economy, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Government of Sharjah Department of eGovernment, Bee’ah Environment Company, American University of Sharjah (AUS), Sharjah Business Women’s council, Petrofac, Emirates Islamic Bank, Etihad Airways, Sharjah Islamic Bank, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Nama Women Advancement Establishment, and Sharjah National Oil Cooperation (SNOC).