What Makes True Leadership?


I recently asked posted that question to my followers on LinkedIn, and the response was great! With so many people sharing in one word or sentence what they felt made ‘true leadership’.  Here are some of their answers:


“Servant of his/her people”

“Courage to stand alone”


“Daring to speak for the voiceless, and helping others to find their own truth” (This was one of my personal favorites)

“Leaving no-one behind, and leave a positive mark so we may never be gone…#Legacy (Another favorite, this one was on Instagram.  By the way, you can follow my posts on Instagram on @memoirs_of_emirati_headhunter)

I would love to hear your thoughts on what makes true leadership from your experience.

You see, I’ve noticed that It is quite common in our region to assume that ‘leadership’ is based on the title a person holds, or their family background, or their status in the community or even how much of noise they make through their PR activities. I believe REAL leadership is more than that.

So my question to you is; If you could describe in one word or sentence what ‘true leadership’ is, what would it be?

If you would like to read what some of my followers on LinkedIn thought, Click Here

I would love to hear from you.

P.S. Since we are on the subject of ‘Leadership’, I recently delivered an interesting workshop titled ’20 Lessons in Leadership from Dubai’s 46 Year Journey’ to a diverse group of department heads from different countries, and they loved it! The workshop was a combination of lessons in leadership, entrepreneurship as well as an introduction to the city’s culture and journey.

If you are interested in this workshop, feel free to drop me an email.

Author: Talib Hashim

Abdulmuttalib Al Hashimi (Talib) was born in 1977. He grew up in a sleepy town called Rashidiya, a far cry from the lights and bustle of Dubai. Talib began his career taking on a number of odd jobs (Yes, the legend of the one month stint he landed as a Magician/Promoter in the summer of '96 during the Dubai Shopping Festival is true). His first taste of the corporate world came with the large international bank HSBC, where he started in a small role as a 'Recovery and Debt Collector'. Fortunately, he moved up quickly during his tenure in the bank and was eventually recruited to be part of an elite team of Traders in the banks Global Market department. Inspite of the "Wall Street" like glitz and glamour that came with his role; Talib decided to submit his resignation in the summer of 2006 and say 'Adios' to his cubicle, a regular income -a well paying one too-, his SUV and the life of employment. Together with a young Emirati lady, he established Next Level Management Consultancy, a recruitment firm with specialisation in the niche market of 'Emiratisation' (Employing and developing UAE citizens). He is always proud of the fact that he has helped numerous Emiratis find employment. And he would like to think that he contributed -even if a little bit- to helping them lead happier and more fulfilling lives. Talib holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Project Management. He is an expert in Emiratisation and GCC national employment issues and initiatives. He is also a regular speaker on the topics of employment, development of people, Emirati entrepreneurship and also cultural challenges in the workplace. He also gives a series of motivational speeches titled "10 lessons I learned in 2009". Talib is an expert in multi-cultural issues that influence the Arab workplace and helps companies bridge the gap between their expatriate and local staff. He is often accused by some to be an idealist and a dreamer, however, Talib works tirelessly to become an agent of positive change in society (and ofcourse achieve amazing success as an Entrepreneur in the process). Talib believes that all Arab youth deserve the opportunity and the right to pursue their dreams and aspirations regardless of their race, caste, colour, status and family name in society; and hence he is a strong advocate of national and Arab youth empowerment. He has a passion for travelling and backpacking. He enjoys reading books on history, autobiographies and self improvement. He is currently trying to improve his sketching skills.

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