Steve and I were fortunate to attend a conference in Dubai recently. Whenever we travel to attend a conference we like to explore the location, and try to get an insight into the local economy and an understanding of the culture. Dubai was amazing!
To kick off the conference we heard from Dr Tommy Weir an executive coach, author and speaker who has dedicated years to studying the leadership traits of the rulers of Dubai, culminating in a book titled "Leadership Dubai Style". The book and Dr Weir's keynote presentation identifies what he believes are the 12 leadership habits that have taken Dubai from a fishing village just 50 years ago with no running water or electricity, to the global super city it is today.
Whilst I cannot cover all 12 traits in this article (I encourage you to read the book!), one of the concepts that appealed to me was Dubai's commitment to "create an environment where others succeed". On the surface, it looked like Dubai had nothing to offer its early settlers. However, even back then, the town leaders knew that if others succeeded, so would Dubai. So they set out to create an environment that would attract entrepreneurs to trade and establish businesses in Dubai. Even today, the city still offers "free trade zones" and little/no tariffs/taxes to attract businesses from all over the world to come to Dubai.
This strategy has proven to be extremely successful with Dubai being home to more than 1400 companies, including Fortune 500 companies and multinationals such as Facebook, Google, IBM, Mastercard, Microsoft and LinkedIn. Providing economic trade, employment and prosperity to the city.
So what can we learn from this? I truly believe that to be successful in any endeavour or business you need to have other people's best interests at heart - your customers, clients, employees, suppliers, community etc. If you aim to serve them and make them "more successful" (or even just "happy"!), then you will be successful too.
Can you apply this to your business? Call us today on 49721300 to discuss this concept further, we would love to tell you more about the Leadership of Dubai.