Today I am sharing an article that originally appeared in an Alghanim Industries publication, Together, which is distributed twice a year to our 14,000 employees.
When I was appointed CEO of Alghanim Industries in 1971, many business leaders in Kuwait found my leadership style to be different. Only a few years separated my tenure as CEO from my graduation from UC Berkeley, and I had come home with fresh ideas about management. But perhaps the largest divergence between my ideas and those of my contemporaries at the time were around people and empowerment.
Most regional businesses looked at people as a cost, but I had learned from my father that people are a company’s greatest asset. Further reinforced by my studies abroad, I made it my mission to attract the best talent the world has to offer. So that’s what I did.
The result was nothing short of transformational.
This article was published on Jul 18, 2018