There’s a new business blockbuster on the block, and it’s called Leadership Insights, co-authored by Amer Qureshi and Qaiser Abbas. It comprises of success strategies from Pakistani business leaders and about time too given the exclusivity American corporate case studies have occupied in Pakistani business schools. Amer Qureshi is an Australian chartered accountant, business advisor and author, and has developed a passion for helping business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals improve their lives in Australia, Pakistan and Dubai during a career spanning over more than 25 years. His aim in life is to ‘educate, motivate, and inspire people’. Qaiser Abbas is the founder and Chief Inspiring Officer of Possibilities Management Development and Consulting, and the author of the bestselling book ‘Tick Tick Dollar’. He is an organizational psychologist, motivational speaker, and a successful entrepreneur, and has overcome adverse circumstances to realize his dreams.
Dedicated to the future leaders of Pakistan, Leadership Insights carries a very thought provoking Forward by Zouhar A. Khaliq, the executive director of Wateen Telecom (Warid Telecom) and former president of Mobilink. “In our country, we are predisposed to identifying leaders only in the political arena. While this may be an aspect of leadership that is of interest in the current environment, where the roles and actions of leaders in this category seem to be influencing the events in the country, we desperately need other role models and visionaries who can provide long term objectives and direction to the people.”
The co-authors showcase the present day creme of Pakistani business movers and shakers, and offer special thanks for their invaluable insights to Hussain Dawood (Dawood Group, Engro), Sirajuddin Aziz (Bank Alfalah), Adil Khattak (Attock Oil), Syed Babar Ali (Packages, Nestle), Bashir Ahmed (Berger Paints), Saad Amanullah Khan (Gillete Pakistan), Ahmad Sheikh (Azgard Nine), Sohail P. Ahmed (The House of Habib), Thomas Huber and James Scott (Metro Cash & Carry), Ali Ahmed Khan ( Reckitt Benckiser ) , Nael Ahmed (Abudawood Trading Company), Abdul Sattar Babar (Middle East Marketing Research Bureau),Sarfaraz Rehman (Engro Foods), Zahid Hussain (Bhorjan),Intesar Siddiqui (Himont Group), Zafar Haleem (Pakistan Refinery), Hanif Jakura (Central Depository Company), and late M.P. Bhandaara (Murree Brewery). Skimming through the book my attention got arrested by Chapter 7 titled The Entrepreneurial Mindset. In it the co-authors quiz Intesar Siddiqui of the Himont Group, one of Pakistan’s market leaders in the pharmaceutical industry. “If anyone has innovative ideas and is thinking about starting a business, I would encourage them to do so,” says Intesar. “Pakistan needs people like that. The entrepreneurs create jobs, and they provide revenue to the country including foreign exchange. When my friends ask me what their children should do with their lives, my suggestion is to start a small enterprise and then make it bigger.” Excellent advice. In the same chapter the co-authors dwell upon an issue that has acquired great importance across the world, in particular during recessionary times, that of ‘intrapreneurship’. “Entrepreneurship in a corporate setting became known as ‘intrapreneurship’”, say the co-authors. “It’s a term coined by Gifford Pinchot, and refers to a person within a large corporation who takes direct responsibility for turning an idea into a profitable finished product through assertive risk taking and innovation while remaining strictly within the framework of the corporate environment. It is the name given to employees who come up with their own ideas and then bring those ideas to life with the assistance and resources offered by their employers.”
Leadership Insights is well written in terms of its flow and sentence construction, with the large fonts making it an easy read. Highly recommended for readers across the board.
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