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7 Questions with Shiraz Khan
7 Questions with Shiraz Khan

Name: Shiraz Khan

Current title: Sales Lead

Current organisation: Askan Muscat International LLC (Al Taee Group)

I am a sales professional with more than 10 years of experience at different levels of management.

7 Questions with Shiraz Khan

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader of a small or medium enterprise?

There are a lot of challenges starting from resources to brand development but being a leader we always have to stay focussed to overcome challenges.

2. How did you become a leader of an SME? Can you please briefly tell the story?

I started my career as a frontline sales engineer and based on experience I got elevation in my organization and later switched with a leadership role in other organizations. For a good leader, experience matters a lot.

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

My routine is to wake up early in the morning & reach the workplace on time & I plan my day in advance and always keep some buffer for unprecedented work.
Usually I start on time & finish on time. I don't believe in the culture of working overtime.

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

I have learned that a good leader is one who understands his subordinates well and works with them & not just passes the orders.

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?
I rarely read books. I always read news and articles. There are a lot of articles which inspire me. There are a lot of articles which impacted my leadership role.

6. How do you build leadership capacity in an SME?

To build a leadership capacity, first you need self belief & trust in your team. In SMEs, leaders always need to motivate the team as they are not part of big groups.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader of an SME so far?

The one meaningful story for me is when I was working as a frontline person & used to give inputs based on my analysis, I got recognition & got elevated. Although I was not the best sales person in my organization but I was good at managing individuals.

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