Thirty executives from key Qatari organizations recently gathered at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar to participate in a two-day executive education course focusing on dynamic organizational leadership.
Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s programs in executive and professional education engage professionals who want to improve skills that are critical to good management, and equip organizations and their leadership with the tools needed for success.
Attendees came from organizations that Carnegie Mellon has built strategic partnerships with, including the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, the Permanent Committee for Drug and Alcohol Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Al-Jazeera Media Network, RasGas, Qatar Finance and Business Academy, Al Faisal Holding, Ezdan Holding and Commercial Bank of Qatar.
The course, held at Carnegie Mellon’s campus, featured lectures by Thomas Emerson, distinguished career professor of entrepreneurship at the Tepper School of Business, and Starling D. Hunter, visiting associate teaching professor in business administration.
The event was closed by Ilker Baybars, The George Leland Bach Chair and deputy dean emeritus at the Tepper School of Business and dean of Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, who presented the participants with certificates and emphasized the importance of teaching new methodologies and practical tools to help with real business challenges.
“When it comes to corporate education, our mission is to disseminate practical, research-based knowledge and create a collaborative environment between Carnegie Mellon faculty and business leaders,” Baybars said. “Offering executive programs to professionals in Qatar is an integral part of our commitment to the development of human resources in line with Qatar’s National Development Strategy 2011-2016.”
The program develops organizational leadership skills needed to implement major capital projects in Qatar. Based on the work of American psychologist Daniel Goleman, the lectures highlighted key characteristics for a leader, detailing emotional intelligence alongside other valuable skills.
“In our evolving business industry, as managers, we need to improve our employee management strategies to ensure we are being as efficient as possible,” said participating professional, Luai Bahder, Manager of IT Infrastructure at Al-Jazeera Media Network. “I participated because an educational institution was providing the courses rather than a commercial organization; this assured me that the information coming out of these lectures would be credible,” he added.
The workshop is part of a series of executive training courses offered by Carnegie Mellon Qatar to develop working methods, improve job performance, and provide best practices in management. In Qatar, Carnegie Mellon offers undergraduate programs in biological sciences, business administration, computational biology, computer science and information systems.