Name: Mohamed Mubarak
Title: Director Of Sales
Organisation: Marina Byblos Hotel
Performance-oriented Sales Leader offering exceptional record of achievement over 10-year career. Tenacious manager with strategic and analytical approach to solving problems, bringing in customers and accomplishing profit target. Talented in identifying and capitalizing on emerging market trends and revenue opportunities.
Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!
I hope Mohamed's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
Leading change: It’s important to validate the feelings of your team and help them to feel their fears are heard. Helping them to find the positives of the change can lower resistance towards it.
Providing inspiration: To inspire others, help your colleagues to focus on the value their work creates. Share the vision for the team and make sure each of them can connect to how their piece of work makes a difference.
Making hard decisions: There will be times when you have to make hard decisions. It might mean making an unpopular choice or taking an action that upsets someone but is best for the business overall.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I start my career from zero, and I faced a lot of difficult situation and periods same like any others, but I was always keep in mind that those days are the main challenge for me to pass and build a strong and confident personality.
I was always putting my goal in my mind all the time to inspire my-self not to lose the hope and achieve what I want to.
Always listen to the advise of my seniors and make sure to use them in the right time and situation and never underestimate any information or advise as it can the most important one.
I love to accept challenges and that pushed me ahead to be a leader and manage a team.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
It is very Important to start your day early and I'm an early raiser person.
I wake up at 7:00 AM and start with a cold shower to refresh my body and blood circulation that will keep you active the whole day.
After, I start my meditation time to plan my day and organize my duty with morning Coffee and Breakfast.
Head to my work place and start my day with new challenge and goal to close the day with.
After work day it's a family and Entertainment time only and then go to bed by 10:00 PM max.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
Before you take any decision always think of the circumstances and how it will lead after the decision.
Listen to people always and make sure to understand the meaning of their words.
Being a leader doesn't mean that you are always right you might take wrong action which is normal for being a human at the end, but I always admit my mistakes and face them even if you will share that with your team to get ideas.
Simply be Democratic.
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?
Well, I'm not a big fan of reading books however reading articles and listening to news is my preferred part.
That taught me a very important thing to be always updated with events around and market trends that will help a lot to fix your plan and get prepared to your future and decisions.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Always focus to your goal and never get effected to any negative environment.
have your can do attitude in your first confidence zone.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
One day, I was meeting client in his office with a staff member. We were discussing a number of important points to our business when my phone rang.
She ignored it.
After 3 rings, I asked my client , "Aren't you going to get that?"
She paused, and remarked, "No. I don't know whether that call is important or not, but it can wait. I do know this meeting is important."
Feeling valued, I smiled and we continued the conversation with new energy.
What you pay attention to, and how you respond to things matters a great deal to your team.
If you meet with your people and let push notifications, texts, IMs, and calls constantly distract you, you're telling your team those things are more important than them.
When people don't feel valued, they won't trust you, or bother to bring issues to you unless they feel they will get your attention. It's a great way to end up in a constant fire fighting, reactive management mode.