(MENAFN- Muscat Daily) Muscat- Reinforcing its commitment to nurture and develop future leaders within the banking and finance sector, Oman Arab Bank (OAB) recently hosted a graduation ceremony for the members of its staff that successfully participated in and completed the first edition of its talent development programme titled 'Leadership Enhancement And Development' (LEAD).
As part of the ceremony, each of the 20 talented Omani staff members were presented with a certificate and a token of appreciation from the bank. The graduation ceremony was held at Bait al Zubair, under the auspices of H E Tahir bin Salim bin Abdullah al Amri, executive president of the Central Bank of Oman. The event was attended by Khalid al Zubair, chairman of Ominvest (Oman International Development and Investment Company), and overseen by Amin al Husseini, chief executive officer of OAB.
Husseini said, 'LEAD is a unique and specialised leadership training programme that has been developed in line with the management's strategy to ensure the continuous development of OAB talent. As such, the programme begins each year with the identification process for high potentials (HiPos) in various departments and disciplines across the bank, conducted by the bank's HR division. These selections are not dependent on their grade or department; they are based purely on their qualifications, potential to grow and handle future key positions, together with the necessary attributes to progress to more senior levels. Following such a carefully moderated system helps us in building a pool of talented employees, while at the same time also contribute towards supporting and building up the sultanate's national workforce.'
The event commenced with a speech by Adil al Rahbi, head of the HR division, who said, 'The six-month programme, which has been developed with guidance from the globally renowned leadership and management performance consultancy firm Inspirational Development Group (IDG), utilises best practices in order to empower participants with opportunity, managerial expertise and high-level workplace solutions. LEAD (1) has been an incredible success for the bank with each of its 20 candidates acing the course. In fact, a majority of them have already taken up positions of greater responsibility within the bank.'
Shortly after Rahbi's speech, a short video was played that provided the attendees with a quick insight into the LEAD programme and the participants' journey over the course of the year. This video was then followed by a speech by Gerry Woods, Middle East regional director at IDG, the company who helped develop the programme and conducted the training.
Woods said, 'It has been my privilege to work closely with the bank to deliver leadership excellence, and I commend CEO Husseini for his foresight in instigating such a challenging developmental programme. Leadership is a privilege, and I believe that if this philosophy is embraced, leaders at all levels can set the conditions for the success of their colleagues.
'The LEAD journey begins by being able to manage oneself and the impact individual behaviours can have on others. This can be a real eye-opener for many people as behaviours and their effects are made explicit even for very experienced delegates, even after just the first module, we can see changes occurring.'
Sara al Kalbani, a LEAD (1) graduate, said, 'This programme has been an incredible learning experience for each one of us, having been taught a number of new skills that have already had a significant positive impact in our day-to-day jobs. On behalf of every candidate, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to members of the Board and the executive management at OAB.' Each graduate was handed a certificate and a token of appreciation from H E Amri.
Husseini said, 'On behalf of board and executive management at OAB, I would like to congratulate our 20 graduates of LEAD (1). I hope their success in the LEAD course and subsequent promotions will inspire other staff within the bank.'
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