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Leaders 'must be developed'

MANAMA: More than 400 leaders from across the GCC and further afield took part in the inaugural GCC Leadership conference yesterday.

They heard a keynote address by Directive Communication Methodology founder Arthur F Carmazzi who was voted one of the world's top 10 Leadership Professionals by Global Gurus International.

"In a world where information travels faster than ever, the expectations of work and leaders have changed significantly in just a few years, and with those expectations, the emotions and motivations that affect our jobs and our lives. The goal is to develop leaders rather than followers," he said.

"With so much distraction and instant emotional gratification, the average employee waits to be told what to do, they do not see, feel, or understand the bigger picture of their role in an organisation.

"Some leaders chalk it up to "poor attitude" or "mentally challenged" employees. The reality may be more a poor environment created by leaders unaware of the new psychology of a modern society.

"To cultivate leaders in an organisation, and lead them to greater achievement, a new psychological form of leadership called environmental leadership must be applied," he said. "Each individual has various environments that bring out different facets from their own identity, and each is successful in one area or another," Mr Carmazzi added.

"Environmental leadership is not about changing the mindset of the group or individual, but the cultivation of a culture that brings out the best and inspires the individuals in that group.

"It is not the ability to influence others to do something they are not committed to, but rather to nurture a culture that motivates and even excites individuals to do what is required for the benefit of all.

"It is not carrying others to the end result, but setting the surrounding for developing qualities in them so they may lead each other," Mr Carmazzi said.



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