Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development caps another fruitful two-year season with launch of new module

Published February 1st, 2010 - 09:25 GMT

Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development (MBRCLD) has recently held the concluding module for the two-year Government Leaders program with the theme "Leading Change & Innovation, Leading Across Boundaries." MBRCLD further revealed that the new module reflects the prevailing economic realities and emerging challenges of Dubai, and underscoring MBRCLD's continued success in developing new modules and custom-built activities that help maintain the highest level of quality and excellence in the capabilities of Dubai's incumbent and future leaders.

MBRCLD invited renowned Duke instructors Lisa Bodell, CEO and Founder of consulting firm Futurethink; Elisa Alabaster, COO of business simulation specialist OsoSim; and James Gardener, a leading global consultant in change management services and executive coaching, to serve as speakers during the three-day sessions. Bodell, the opening-day presenter on the topic "Creating, executing and sustaining growth through innovation," offered a leadership perspective on the key concepts of successful innovative strategies, identifying the right skills and abilities, evaluating ideas, innovation governance and innovation risk management.

The day-two session, on the other hand, focused on the topic "Leading Change" with Alabaster facilitating a study of a major organizational change within a simulated environment. Gardener, the main orchestrator of the three-day module, discussed the topic "Leading across boundaries" during the final day, which was very exercise-heavy and featured individual and team feedback. Gardener also facilitated discussions that will help build a link among the different topics covered by the module and establish their relevance to Dubai's own leadership requirements.

Adel Al Shared, Executive Chairman of MBRCLD, said: "We have assembled a formidable line-up of speakers for the seventh and final module of the Government Leaders level, which is again another shining example of MBRCLD's continued success in developing customized modules and organizing world-class activities for the different leadership development programs. It has been an exciting journey the past two years for the Government Leaders level and I am confident that the concluding sessions will serve as an excellent capper for all participants. On the other hand, the concluding module manifests our strong commitment to continue developing innovative modules and activities for the Government Leaders program."

Yousef Alneaimi, Government Leaders level participant who is also an HR and administration advisor, said: "The unprecedented economic challenges of the past year have underscored that great need to focus on innovation and organizational change. In addition, the present realities have highlighted the importance of building strong relationships and understanding the workings of societies beyond our boundaries. We have learned how problems and challenges faced by other economies can ultimately affect us and it is our goal to learn from this experience, which I believe will help prepare us to overcome similar situations in the future. The new module encapsulates these critical areas of concern and I certainly look forward to a highly informative, engaging and thought-provoking discussion with the panel of speakers."

Government Leaders program is a level of Mohammed Bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development (MBRPLD) that aims to qualify the future leaderships of Dubai Government departments. The program also aims to establish an assembly of unique talented individuals having distinguished potentials, knowledge, skills and experience at all government departments.

MBRCLD has been established in line with the vision and directions of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; who has underscored the critical importance of a highly competent national professional workforce to ensure the country's global sustainability.

The applications for the program were submitted through MBRPLD`s website ( Further details of the program and the evaluation process are also available on the website.

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