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Hussein Ahmad AlSaeedi
Name: Hussein Ahmad AlSaeedi
Title: Director of After-sales and equipment
Organisation: Alesayi Motors Corp.
Started at the workshop floor as assistant to mechanics and then moved to parts dept. As parts picker then parts salesman and supervisor afterwards then parts manager and later became the parts GM and few years back became the after sales and equipments director
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
To make the team work in harmony is really challenging, however when the team believes in the leaders vision and sincerity they deliver their atmost
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
Dedication and acceptance of hard tasks and responsibilities are key, plus believing in my ability and my senior management support made me go forward in my career
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I wake up early morning and because I am a Muslim I first perform my prayer then prepare my self for leaving to office, when I reach office I greet all early arriving staff and then start my routine by reading and responding to emails and checking any pending work from previous day. Then I look at my meetings calendar and make sure that I attend every meeting without fail. I also communicate with my managers and review with them results so far and thank high performers and discuss improvement plans for low results.
I also communicate with higher management and other departments heads to update and follow up ongoing programs and projects.
-So my day starts with soul cleansing then early arrival at office.
-Checking any pending projects and answering emails and request from other people.
-Checking business results and plan improvements with concerned managers.
-Communication with senior executives and other departments heads. -Plan for next day.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
Do the work for the sake of performing your duty not just to please your superiors. In the end it is your self to please.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
Best book from my point of view is Quran and I believe it includes all a human being needs. It includes guidance on how to deal with people, self and creator. And it balances the relationship between individual and surroundings. If we follow the guidance in Quran we will not go strained ever.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Be patient and honest.
To get experience you need to practice and practice until you become the best in performing your job and then go to next higher step, you should not be in hurry to jump on the ladder otherwise you will be sorry for your hurry.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
I don’t have particular story, however, When I set with old experienced persons I learn much from their wisdom. The thing that I remember now is thinking of people that spent their total lives without learning new skill or try to develop themselves, very sad situation.