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Invest in building leaders: VP

Ahmed Al Majaida / 13 June 2012

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, honoured the latest batch of executive leaders to complete the UAE Government Leaders Programme at a special ceremony here on Tuesday.

Shaikh Mohammed and Humaid Al Qattami pose with graduates of the UAE Government Leaders Programme in Dubai on Tuesday. — KT photo by Juidin Bernarrd

“Building government leaders is a key part of building the future; it is a strategic investment for the government,” said Shaikh Mohammed on his Twitter page.

Speaking at the ceremony, Shaikh Mohammed said: “I take pride in the distinct Emirati leaders and executives who have fulfilled their national duty and worked relentlessly to benefit their institutions and the UAE community.”

“I am honoured to present these certificates to the latest batch of graduates of the executive leaders programme. It represents their success and eagerness to sustain the development of their nation and support the leadership,” he added.

Touching on the subject of future challenges, Shaikh Mohammed urged the new graduates to maintain their passionate quest for excellence.  “The people of the UAE expect you to surpass all challenges and march on with high spirits to place your country in the forefront. We believe that you are up to the challenge and that you will succeed,” he said.

Shaikh Mohammed stressed that achievement is the true criterion of evaluating governments, leaders and executives. He urged the graduates to continue their quest for knowledge and build the required expertise and know-how to tackle future challenges, adding that special focus will be given to fresh Emirati graduates who are bursting with energy.

He concluded his speech by asking the graduates to be forward looking. “Never look back; he who wants development always looks ahead. Believe in yourselves, inspire your employees and create a challenging work environment where teams work in perfect harmony with the aim of achieving the goals.”

The Minister of Education and Chairman of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources, Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami, briefed Shaikh Mohammed on the newly adopted vision aimed at developing the UAE Government Leaders Programme in accordance with international best practices.

Shaikh Mohammed also directed the programme to include a ‘Young Leaders’ category in the programme agenda.

The UAE Government Leaders Programme started in 2008 as an initiative to develop leaders in all ministries and federal entities. Participants are enrolled in the programme after being nominated by the institutions they work for and following an evaluation process at specialised assessment centres.

The programme targets three distinct leadership levels. The Strategic Leaders Programme includes directors-general and continues for 12 months. The Executive Leaders Programme targets executive directors and department directors and runs over a period of 18 months and the Future Leaders Programme targets managers of sections and other segments, continues for 18 months and includes 30 participants. The programme has created 157 graduates since its inception in 2008.

The newly added youth development programme will be aimed at creating executive leaders at all levels and be open to 40 participants.

Khalid Ali Sultan Al Kaabi, Director of Finance and Administration in the Public Authority for Youth Welfare and Sports, said: “My participation in the programme contributed to the development of my skills and abilities as well as my personality. It helped me acquire leadership skills and expand my knowledge about arts and technology which, in turn, helped me establish good relations with my colleagues.”

Ministers and senior officials from various government departments attended the ceremony.


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