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What skills will Saudi chief executives need over the next 15 years?  And what skills will ensure the Kingdom achieves its Vision 2030?  A leading international executive research firm has interviewed chairmen and chief executives of prestigious Saudi businesses to share their views of leadership skills for the future. Metin…
I’ve worked in executive search for 20 years, recruiting leaders for Middle East organisations of all types. One of the most interesting countries has been Saudi Arabia, where the types of leaders needed have changed as the Kingdom has grown and diversified. Now Saudi is at a critical point in…
Monday, 09 January 2017 15:24

How do leaders ‘make things happen’?

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I have spent the last few months interviewing Saudi leaders to gather views on What makes an Outstanding Saudi Chief Executive? (The report is coming out this Monday).   There were two things that stood out for me in this report. The over-riding theme was that outstanding CEOs need to…
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 16:19

Are Saudi leaders born or made?

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I mentioned in an earlier blog that I have had the privilege of interviewing a number of Saudi chief executives to ask for their views on ‘What makes an outstanding Saudi chief executive?’ One of the questions we discussed was how best to groom the next generation of Saudi leaders.…
I came across a thought-provoking blog on the future of Saudi leadership by Professor William Scott-Jackson, chairman of Oxford Consulting Group last week. In it he argues that Saudi will need 1.9m leaders to achieve Saudi Vision 2030. With a population of around 15m employable Saudis, this will be a…
I have been honoured to interview a number of Saudi CEOs recently to hear their views on the skills needed to achieve Vision 2030. This is for a report we are producing, What makes an Outstanding Saudi chief executive? (You can read my views on the skills that Saudi chief…
Last month I wrote a blog on Will Saudi’s chairmen of 2030 need to look different from today? I have had a number of comments and discussions on this, both when I have been in the Kingdom and also online - and one comment in particular got me thinking.  …
Women will play an important part in the long term success of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – but how important? King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud has said: “My first objective is for our country to be a pioneering and successful global model of excellence on all fronts.” And in…
Saudi Vision 2030 is an ambitious vision for the future of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to create a vibrant and diverse economy that will ensure long term sustainability for its people. But while the National Transformation Program 2020 outlines future workforce skills for success, little has been said about…
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