Rashed Ahmed on Transformational Leadership

Rashed Ahmed on Transformational Leadership

April 8, 2015

With  a  promise  to  boost  the  local  talents  to  the  next  level  and  the  global  standards,  a unique  event,  HR  Concert  2015,  was  organized  by  HR  Kites  Bangladesh  on  January  31, 2015 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. Over hundred participants from Z generation  to  top  team  of  diverse  corporate  companies  had  interactions  in  an  open energetic environment. The sessions were facilitated by Rashed Ahmed, Transformational
Strategist and CEO, HR Kites USA; Kristen Hansen, Neuro‐Leadership Expert, Australia; and Elaine Ho, Mindfulness & Yoga Coach, Singapore. Mr. Rashed Ahmed shared his insights on Transformational Leadership exclusively with Bangladesh Brand Forum (BBF).

BBF: Your session talked about Transformation Leadership. Can you share a little more
about the core thinking?
Rashed Ahmed: The core thinking is how do leaders make a change and take it to a whole new  level.  The  leaders  are  not  meant  to  continue  the  status  quo,  deliver  a  job  which  has already  been  done  before;  it’s  the  job  of  a  manager.  To  me,  a  leader  can  show  something new,  effective  and  meaningful,  not  only  showing  but  also  making  it  happen  and  take his/her organization to the next level.
BBF: How does Transformational Leadership benefit the organization?
Rashed Ahmed: We  are  in  the  age  of  transformation.  Things  are  changing  fast  and  new things are coming almost every day. So we also need to adopt transformational approach.  At top level, it’s easier to take the approach. Even if you are at mid or lower level, look at yourself and say “I’ve done this last week, last month or last year; is there any better way of doing  my  job  more  effectively  and  guiding  my  team  more  precisely?”  One  must  try  to  do things  better,  in  cheaper  way  or  doing  better  activity  with  the  available  resources.  And  if everybody starts doing that from their end, as a whole the organization will transform.
BBF: How would you characterize the corporate leadership practice in Bangladesh?Rashed Ahmed: I think we are evolving and at the stage of incorporating the management system and technologies the developed world is using. What I feel very good about is the openness.  Since  last  week,  I  have  talked  with  many  corporate  bodies,  leaders  and
managers, and they are really eager to learn and embrace the new practices. They want to jump  start  and  get  in  the  front  line  as  fast  as  possible.  At  the  same  time,  there  is  also nervousness  ‐  if  I  adopt  the  practices,  will  I  be  really  benefitted  or  will  I  miss  other opportunities?  So,  it  is  the  responsibility  of  us  to  guide  them  on  what  will  be  their  next steps to reach their desired goals.

BBF: Bangladesh economy has made significant progress in the last decades. Do youthink the same approach will work as we are striving to move to the next level?
Rashed Ahmed: We have to bring in the modern practices much more and faster. We have got the benefit of the basic things – like we had a very competitive cost advantage of selling our products at a lower price in the international market. It was our magic! Which is good as most of the markets have gone through this phase. In 60s, Japan was like that. But they
evolved very fast and by 70s they were leading some of the sectors rather than copying or selling  at  a  cheaper  price.    China  went  through  that  in  the  80s  and  now  they  dictate. Bangladeshi  entrepreneurs  and  businessmen  should  look  up  to  what  can  be  done  so  that we  can  also  provide  good  quality  product  at  a  just  price.  For  that  we  need  a  good organization and management.
BBF: Bangladesh corporate world seems to be facing a big shortage of effective leaders. What is your observation on this?
Rashed Ahmed: I don’t think it’s only in Bangladesh. In every market, there are good and bad leaders. The problem here is that Bangladeshi leader’s lack proper exposure and they also lack guidance, coaching and development opportunities. This is reflected on the poor delivery of some managers. The main point is we need to highly invest on our people now.
It  is  high  time  they  started  thinking  and  implementing  practices  to  promote  and  create their human resources of international standard. I strongly believe we have all the capabilities; all we need is proper guidance.
BBF: What role should the University play – as that is the starting ground for professionals?
Rashed Ahmed: The  universities  of  Bangladesh  need  to  cooperate  with  students.  They have to incorporate local perspective more and more in their classes ‐they can collaborate with not only the multination companies but also local corporates to find out what are the key  needs  in  Bangladesh  and  redesign  their  curriculum  taking  those  inputs.  The
universities  need  to  encourage  their  students  to  go  out  at  the  very  early  stage  of  their courses to gain practical experiences whenever there’s holidays or vacations. This can be done through internship, part‐time jobs even by themselves. The business students especially need to experience reality as early as possible and select
their desired career path.

BBF: For the future professionals what would be your advice?
Rashed Ahmed: I  would  advise  the  future  professionals  to  use  their  valuable  time  to gather real life experience. How to complete a job quickly, how to communicate effectively, how important team work is, and how to maintain balance are some of the things that one must learn at an early stage to be a successful professional.
BBF: What is your recommendation to the corporate leaders?
Rashed Ahmed: Some basics! You need to know the world. So spend time on studying and interacting with people around. It’s sad to see that people are too much involved in their job, and very less in touch with the outside world. Don’t just come to office and spend time within  your  cubicles;  interact  and  be  social  with  other  functions  even  outside  of  your company. You cannot be a leader if you don’t know how to interact with others. Again, the more  knowledge  you  have,  the  better  you  will  be  at  making  calculated  decisions.  And there’s not alternative to hard working. If you want something extra in life, you have to go an extra mile and do better than others. Be dedicated to your work and believe in what you are doing.

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