Name: Ahmed Mubarak
Title: JUNIOR ACCOUNTANT
Organisation: TIME SQUARE HOTEL
A chartered accountant who specializes in accounting, auditing, and financial management. I have typically completed a rigorous education and training process, which includes obtaining a degree in accounting or a related field, gaining practical experience through an internship or articling, and passing the rigorous Chartered Accountant (CA) examination. Highly skilled in financial reporting and strategic financial management.My expertise and ethical standards make me a valued professional in the business world.
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I hope Ahmed's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
As a leader, I have found that balancing the needs and expectations of my team with the overall goals and vision of the organization can be quite challenging. Communication and empathy play a significant role in overcoming this challenge and ensuring everyone feels heard and valued.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I became a leader by consistently demonstrating strong communication, problem-solving skills, and a positive attitude. I actively sought out leadership opportunities and took on additional responsibilities whenever possible. My dedication and willingness to support and guide others led to me being recognized and entrusted with leadership roles.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I start my day with a healthy breakfast and some light exercise to energize myself. Once at work, I prioritize my tasks and set achievable goals for the day. I take short breaks to recharge and stay focused. After work, I wind down with some leisure activities and ensure I get a good night's rest to prepare for the next day.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
I've been reminded that effective leadership involves empowering and supporting team members to reach their full potential, rather than just delegating tasks.
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?
The book that has had a profound impact on my leadership is "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" by Sheryl Sandberg. This book has significantly impacted my leadership by teaching me the importance of leaning in and being assertive in the workplace. It has inspired me to advocate for myself and to strive for greater representation and equality in leadership roles. Sandberg's insightful anecdotes and practical advice have encouraged me to be more proactive and vocal in seeking opportunities for myself and supporting others in their professional growth. Overall, "Lean In" has helped me to develop a more confident and proactive leadership approach.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
I would advise them to stay curious, keep learning, and never stop seeking new opportunities for growth and development as a leader.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
One meaningful story that comes to mind was when I was leading a project and we faced a significant challenge. Instead of getting discouraged, I rallied the team and we worked together to find a creative solution that ended up exceeding our original goals. It was a reminder of the power of teamwork, resilience, and innovative thinking in overcoming obstacles.