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Sheikh Mohammed's 10 important rules for leadership

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Filed on March 4, 2019 | Last updated on March 4, 2019 at 05.55 am
Sheikh Mohammeds 10 important rules for leadership

"Jobs, positions and responsibilities are temporary. Real value lies in the work you have done," the Dubai Ruler writes.

In the 50th and last chapter of his latest book, Qissati, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, lists out 10 important rules for leadership.

A few months ago, I tweeted about one aspect of the crisis facing the Arab world. I said that our problem was administrative, not political, and that we needed administrators who are capable of bridging the developmental gaps in our region more than we needed politicians.

I received this message on Twitter: "Your Highness, if you were to write the 10 commandments of government administration addressed to an official in the Arab world, what would they be?

I have summarised my 10 rules here for anyone holding an official post in government or administration, based on my own humble experience.

1. Serve the people

The purpose of government is to serve the serve the people, the aim of public administration is to serve society and the role of government procedures, systems and laws is to serve human beings. 

2. Do not worship the position

Jobs, positions and responsibilities are all temporary. Your real value lies in the work you have done and your achievements. The harder you work, the more you accomplish; the more you elevate your status and name.

3. Set your plan

When you do not have a plan, you are setting yourself up for failure.

4. Monitor yourself

Monitor the performance of your organisation. Assign a person to supervise it from within, as well as a neutral third party to assess it from outside.

5. Build your team

You cannot soar alone. A single hand cannot clap. Build a team that will elevate your objectives to new horizons.

6. Innovate or leave

Governments that do not innovate get old and tired very quickly, unable to be a contender in the race. New ideas are an inspiration for constant renewal, which allow you to beat competitors, reduce costs and reinvent yourself.

7. Communicate and be optimistic

Always communicate with the public, the community and the media around you. Build your image and reputation and tell the world about your ambitions and skills.

8. Compete

Competition is an essential trait of human behaviour. Compete with yourself and others. Companies succeed when they compete in an open environment.

9. Create leaders

When you create leaders, you create a future. A real leader is one who builds up other leaders, and a real organisation is one that produces leaders.

10. Go forth and live a meaningful life

Those of us working in government are blessed. Our jobs are not ordinary ones; they are the most beautiful things in our lives.

In what he is calling his "incomplete biography", His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has broken his latest book, Qissati (My Story), into 50 chapters, narrating 50 stories in his 50 years of serving the nation.


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