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Sunday , October 25 2020

‘Degrees don’t make leaders’ – ‘Charisma, morals play vital role’

Yusuf Awadh Al-Azmi
Yusuf Awadh Al-Azmi

In life, a person experiences several defining moments. Sometimes, these defining moments are fateful and can affect that person.

For a new start, a person must take firm decisions that can define his destiny. Therefore, it is always essential to have a strong personality that will enable the person to decide which direction to take. Strong personality has certain requirements.

First of all, a strong person must possess moral values that are derived from his educational, religious and cultural legacy and should accompany him into the spacious world of science. He then becomes a friend of knowledge and a brother of experiences that polish his cognition.

When a person discovers that he has the talent for leadership, he has to support it with the power of personality, cultivate it with trust and decorate it with knowledge. Any leader who lacks the power of personality will not benefit from his knowledge irrespective of the number of academic certificates he might have hanging on the wall of his office. Besides trust, the characteristic of a powerful personality is the base upon which any leader should rely.

We are not trying to belittle the importance of academic certificates. However, what is the point behind the academic qualifications of a hypocritical, weak and dishonest person? In major successful organizations, leaders must possess a powerful personality which is laden with qualities such as honesty, self confidence, good educational qualifications and wide experience.

Leadership is a talent. In the mass production organizations, the search is for a talented and achieving leader rather than one with just certificates. A leader gets the necessary attention based on their distinguished achievements and the subsequent check of the academic certificates will be just a routine. In leading organizations, usually experience precedes educational qualifications.

In fact, I know someone who is managing a group of companies but does not possess any significant academic certificate.

Inspite of that, work is running smoothly and in perfect harmony because the leadership is efficiently distributing tasks in a manner that pays a great deal of attention to the plans and targets.

This leader has just a preparatory school certificate but he is very successful. A search on Google will immediately produce many examples of such a leader. I would like to offer an advice to leaders — If you do not help yourself, nobody will help you and you may end up being referred for retirement or resignation!

By Yousef Awadh Al-Azmi


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