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7 Questions with Dr. Syed Saeed

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7 Questions with Dr. Syed Saeed

Name: Dr. Syed Saeed

Current title: Authentic Leadership

Current organisation: Authentic Destitute Fund

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7 Questions with Dr. Syed Saeed

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader in the education sector?

Political interference

2. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?


3. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?


4. 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?

Al Farooq ( Umar Farooq RA)
Bill George (True North: Rediscover your Authentic Leadership). Both impacted me much and I did my Ph.D. on authentic leadership.

5. How do you find and keep great leaders in the education sector?

Snowballing method and Google Search Engine

6. What's most important as a leader in the education sector for developing a culture of wellbeing in your staff and students?

inclusive leadership quality, cultural respect, and belief in diversity.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader in the education sector so far?

Problem-solver: Sir 2 weeks ago, an outsider came to class and insulted the teacher. He reported the case to the principal and he called the police who arrested the man and kept him in a lock. Later on, the relatives with Jirga members came but the principal was not ready for compromise. I was called by the principal and discussed the case with me. I played the role of mediator and started negotiation with the teacher and Jirga members. I agreed with the teacher that forgiveness is the best revenge. Later on, I convinced the principal that a leader always cares for others and believes in a win-win process. He was convinced. The compromise was made. The Jirga members apologized before the class and all became happy. I was appreciated by the principal because I saved all of them from further difficulties.

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