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7 Questions with Sayed Hussain Sharaf

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7 Questions with Sayed Hussain Sharaf

Name: Sayed Hussain Sharaf

Current title: GROUP CEO

Current organisation: Nawat Holding

Chris Management expert with more than 13 years successful experience providing fiscal, strategic management and operational leadership in uniquely challenging businesses.

7 Questions with Sayed Hussain Sharaf


1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?

Maintaining market competition especially with the price wars.

2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?

I established 3 companies for my own business,
when I got successful in managing my own companies as a founder and CEO.
The large enterprises founded that my skills as an entrepreneur succeeding on facing the full business life cycles, they hunted me to establish and grow their business and I couldn't refuse making money to purchase my experience apart from my own investments

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

I start planning year, one year ahead.
the same applied on my quarter, month and day.
I start with a warm bath,
drinking a black coffee.
listening to the latest news, especially political and commercial.
Then I reach the office, start reading my emails and reply to all of them.
start all my meetings after 2 hours from my working hours.
Normally I don't have a break, but I have some coffee, some refreshments in my office.
Finally I try to read my email again in the last hour of my working hours, then I go back to my home and try to give my family the time they need.

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

give the staff whatever you would like to get you will gain their trust and loyalty.
with their loyalty they will try to follow you as a leader by example and then you will exist everywhere by having a delighted leader.
Just like copying yourself in your team.

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?

To be honest, it's not books who impacted me, but a position as salesmen who want to achieve and know more of what everyone does and how they got it done.
From there I wanted not to be a machine just following process, rather , I created the process that made me a leader.

6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?

Just be simple, honest, supportive and participate with everyone in your enterprise even by having a coffee with them, or doing what they do, helping them from cleaning their office to helping them on their tasks.
The more you give .. the more you get back.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?

If lying saves, then honesty is saving much more..
When I face problems and challenges, I share with my staff and get their feedback to build my decision.
everyone has value, all together collectively will do much better.

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