Name: Mona Alaa
Title: Quality Control Section Head "Raw Materials"
Organisation: Organo Pharma
I'm a Chemist, experience about 9 years in Quality Control at pharmaceutical companies I have TQM and Six Sigma certificates I have many Certificates From EDQM and USP Online Courses I have time Management Course and I love read books about leadership and Success
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1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
Dealing with individuals and their different personalities, while being their leader and having them follow your instructions and commands without complaint, but rather liking you, is helpful for the overall benefit of the company.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I left my first job, where I had been working for years, and moved to another company. After the first year, there was a need for someone to take on the role of team leader, and I was chosen. It was one of the toughest years because it was my first time being a leader, and the department had to grow and thrive under my guidance. I worked hard and took courses in psychology, self-improvement, and management. After this year, we achieved unprecedented success, and the team became known for its dedication, diligence, and perseverance. There was a sense of loyalty and love that permeated the team, not just a relationship between the department head and the team members.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I wake up early at 6 a.m., do my favorite exercise, have breakfast and arrive at work at 8 a.m., ready to manage my work with energy and vitality. I work on my daily plan and see what new challenges and problems arise. Together with the team, we try to find solutions for them. Work ends at 5 p.m., and afterward, I have the opportunity to be at home with my family. We have dinner at 7 p.m. and have conversations about our day. Then I go to sleep at 11 p.m.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
With every major crisis or difficult decision, I approach them with a particular mindset and learn a new leadership lesson. With the latest situation I dealt with, I realized the importance of effective communication among all the other departments. It is crucial for us to have open and efficient communication so that we can collectively solve any problem that arises, whether it is internal or external.
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?
Dare to Lead by Brené Brown.
This book is help me cultivate more trust in my relationships with team
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
It is important to know building strong relationships, fostering teamwork, inspiring others to reach their full potential and continuous learning and growth will help you to build your first step as laeader
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
We had an inspection and there was an issue in a specific department . When the plant Manager about it, she didn't give up and divided the tasks among the other departments to find a solution. Indeed, the problem was resolved before the inspection arrived, and this taught us an important lesson: don't give up easily and it's better to persevere until you achieve your goal and the importance of collaboration between all departments