Officials and Academics: A Move that Complements A Coherent Approach Leading to the Emergence of Government Leaders
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Officials and academics have pointed out that it is not unusual for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to single out emerging leaders and show a profound interest in coaching them towards future leadership. They have noted that this complements a coherent approach that has led to the emergence of numerous government leaders who have managed to steer UAE government endeavors towards the nation's outstanding achievements and global leadership.
This was said while commenting on the announcement made by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, "We want leaders who can move mountains, and can bring about great changes for the good of our country. We want leaders whose enthusiasm is beyond the limits of the sky - who are ambitious enough to reach the stars."
Engineer Daoud Al Hajeri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, stated: "His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum does not acknowledge, recognize or even have such a word as 'impossible' in his own dictionary. Once again, he opens up a new challenge to the young people - and to those who see themselves as capable and competent enough to apply."
"Sheikh Mohammed always enjoys challenges, especially ones that eventually lead to spectacular results and endings," Engineer Daoud said. He added that Sheikh Mohammed is addressing a new challenge as part of the unprecedented challenges that he likes to throw open - and "Right now, all the leaders and officials have a tremendous challenge to prove that they are qualified to hold their positions. It is a challenge for them to lead more creatively and to consider the requests and wishes of the public, making for a happy society; else, they face being replaced by those who are more qualified and who will avail of this golden opportunity opened up by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed."
Director General of Dubai Municipality also pointed out that there are leaders and competent Emirati youths who are actually capable of holding senior positions. He underscored that they have learned from their leader that nothing impossible in handling such a challenge. He concluded: "The coming days will prove that UAE possesses creative and qualified people who are capable of bringing about a change for the best in every field."
Arif Al Muhairi, Executive Director of the Dubai Statistics Center, drew attention to the qualities that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum enjoys. He stated: "He is an inspirational leader and one who creates leaders. He inspires young people by his deeds ahead of his words and presents himself as an exceptional role model through which he is creating a loyal and dedicated generations of leaders who love their homeland. He is teaching them how to move mountains and how to lead change and shape the future. He indeed motivates them to be enthusiastic, to aspire to levels that reach beyond the sky's limits, whose ambitions are big enough to reach the stars."
Al Muhairi added: "His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has instilled in this generation the need to eliminate the word "impossible" and to strive to begin to produce things never addressed by others with a spirit filled with trust in God first and then themselves." He also stated that Sheikh Mohammed has been able to coach the new generation to understand that Emiratis are larger than life and able to hold leading positions. He also emphasized that Sheikh Mohammed is a leadership nonpareil in the modern era and that this once again proves that leaders will not keep their positions for good. This is why leaders should develop their capacities and be innovative. Al Muhairi signed off with: "Sheikh Mohammed has opened the door wide for those who believe they possess the capacities to carry such a profound responsibility, so that they can bring about the change needed."
A New Opportunity
Dirar Balhoul Al Falasi, Director-General of Watani Al Emarat Foundation, stated that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is offering young Emirati people a new opportunity and a new challenge to usher in the optimal level of happiness to Emiratis, residents and visitors. "As he previously addressed challenges to officials and young people in various fields, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed has already opened up a new challenge - to pursue a new era in the journey of happiness and excellence comparable to anywhere else in the world. This will be done through receiving applications from those who see themselves as capable and competent to bring about change," Al Falasi said.
Tariq Al Janahi, Deputy Executive Director of DSC and CEO of Happiness and Positivity, highlighted the fact that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is looked at as a nonpareil, matchless and inimitable, that everyone should learn from. He added: "He is a matchless phenomenon in leadership, representing the most prestigious elements that elicit the highest humanitarian principles, such as tolerance, giving and happiness."
Al Janahi addressed a message to young people: "I advise all the young people who seek to move mountains, lead change and shape the future to make their ambitions large enough to reach the stars, to follow in the steps of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and to enrich their knowledge by reading his books, and saying. I also advise them to follow His Highness' daily activities which are filled with leadership examples, ambition and future-shaping works. These offer lessons that the prestigious universities and heavy books cannot provide."
He added: "Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid once again opens the door for unprecedented changes for the better, for innovation and creativity. He did not try to select new officials on his own or with the help of His Highness' consultants but opened the door wide to those who see themselves as capable, competent and as role models! He enabled them to apply for areas of responsibility, giving them a chance to explicitly showcase what they can do through any position they hold in the UAE. We have to congratulate ourselves for having such a great leader who insists on surprising us daily with unique initiatives."
Dr. Ali Sebaa Al Marri, Executive President of the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, stated: "It is through leaders that nations are built. Indeed, successful leaders are the ones who can transfer the leadership way of thinking and create other leaders. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid's way of thinking has become an approach taught in many academies geared for preparing leaders." Dr. Ali added: "His Highness added a lot to intellectual leadership. He called for the expansion of the concept of leadership in order to engage all those who are ambitious and have the will to change both themselves and their society. He also set out to promote the concept of positive energy which motivates both individuals and society as a whole to move forward in a process of development and growth. His Highness encourages others to boost levels of ambition and global competitiveness and to set their sights on always being number one.
Attorney Zayed Saeed Al Shamsi, Chairman of the Emirates Association for Lawyers and Legal Consultants, stated that a great leader will always search not only for leaders who can accomplish the impossible, but also for those who are able to shape the future in order to achieve their goals and ambitions.
He added: "His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid is shaping both the present and future of the region. In so doing, he is building a new future and will address the advanced and developed intellectuals in the coming days. Since the time he assumed his responsibilities, he has impressed the whole world with his skills and wisdom."
A Keen Eye
Dr. Khalid Al Saleh, Vice-President of the Ajman University, described His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as an inspirational leader who looks at the future with insight and a keen eye - with the aim of not only shaping, it but also setting his thoughtful initiatives as a step forward. He stressed: "His Highness' directives are motivating Emiratis and inspiring them to work hard and focus on scientific research and development across the whole spectrum of fields, so as to develop our dearest homeland."
Dr. Khalid pointed out that the program of the "21st Century Leader" which was launched earlier displays the vision of the wise UAE leadership who is shaping the future with the aim of boosting the capabilities of each employee in the UAE. He also stated: "Such efforts would lead to the improvement of government work through innovation and excellence and achieve its visions and aspirations. This would also lead to achieving prosperity and making the Emirati nation happy, placing the UAE in the top position globally."
Dr. Noor Aldeen Atatreh, Chancellor of Al Falah University, emphasized that creating the future takes highly qualified leaders, ready and capable to plan for the future in the short, medium and long terms. Such plans include academic, professional, social, family, scientific and cultural aspects.
Dr. Atatreh placed emphasis on the fact that the UAE is a factory for great leaders. He went on to explain: "Leaders who set direction, build great nations, inspire their people and make history through their inspiring vision, leadership and wisdom, as well as who enjoy a clear vision of the future. The UAE's success is not the goal, but a means and an end towards achieving the best, building a prosperous future."
Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, also hailed His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's keenness to raise ambitious and influential national leaders whose aim is to contribute towards creating the future of the UAE as part of its future vision "UAE Centennial 2071". He emphasized that Sheikh Mohammed's efforts will make UAE a role model, not only at the level of the region but also at the international level.
He stressed: "His Highness' announcement is aimed at building a generation of leaders who possess all the skills and capacities to build UAE's future - and that of the world at large. This will also lead to the development of the competencies and abilities of young Emirati leaders in various fields and to prepare them to handle all the rapid changes and innovations."
He also pointed out that His Highness' announcement reflects the UAE's culture and vision in shaping and designing the future and enhancing the human dimension through raising up innovative leaders and minds capable of facing all the challenges of the 4thIndustrial Revolution.