(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) A prominent management trainer and inspirational speaker who is in the sultanate to deliver a series of lectures on Strategic Development of Future Leaders' has said that Oman needs empowerment, not enforcement.
Professor Emeritus Dato' Dr Shaikh Omar Abdul Rahman, principal consultant, SOAR Consultings, Malaysia said, ''Oman cannot grow with enforcement, but empowerment. Empowerment is the key for change and not enforcement. There is a need to give people power so that they can take action for their organisations to grow. And unfortunately, the people who have power are doing minimum.''
He said that Oman and the rest of the Arab world need to improve the way they do things. ''Here, people take longer breaks than required and many stop work at 2.30pm, which is so early. There is a no respect for time and when I conduct training in the Arab world, they always come late. There is a need for change in this regard,'' he said.
Calling success a journey he said, ''Growth does not come by accident. For any project, you should start and finish and not start and stop. You may be a good leader. However, reality says that if you are happy at being good, you will never become great. The biggest enemy of greatness is goodness. It's really not that much harder to be great than being good.''
He said there was a need to value every opportunity. ''You cannot talk about growing if you cannot grab the opportunity.''
He said most companies lack positive culture, which is not conducive to the well-being of employees.
''There is a need for mutual understanding, respect, trust and support between leaders and their teams. Leadership is about making others grow. The biggest challenge today is changing the work culture.
''Change should start from the top and affect the whole management team, whereas the management team needs to be away from mistrust, biased judgements and prejudices.''
He said it was imperative that organisations treat their staff not just as employees but as an integral part of the firm and motivate them regularly. ''Use of technology is very high in modern organisations, but this can work to great advantage of the firm only when employees are trained to be resp