Posted on October 03, 2016

Qatar Leadership Centre’s Executive Leaders have successfully completed the “Innovation and Change” module from September 18 to 23 at Harvard Business School (HBS) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The HBS module was followed by a five-day Learning Journey to Rice University’s Baker Institute in Houston, Texas. While the “Innovation and Change” module has enhanced participants’ analytic skills, the Learning Journey strengthened their grasp of global energy and health policies. Such activities are integral parts of QLC’s year-long leadership curriculum for Qatari professionals in the QLC Executive Leaders Program.

Qatar Leadership Centre’s Executive 2 [].jpgThe “Innovation and Change” module enabled the Executive Leaders to sharpen their leadership skills through team activities, discussions and case studies that highlighted exemplary management theory and practical solutions from the contemporary business and entrepreneurship landscape. The exclusive sessions highlighted how innovative and thought-based leadership can, and has, influenced decision making in both major multinational corporations and fledgling startups. Pooling their collective theoretical and practical knowledge, participants identified and developed strategies and best practices to solve problems based on real-world case studies. They discussed cases ranging from a port authority project management challenge to Uber’s business model. The module enabled the Executive Leaders to better adapt to change and employ strategic techniques to improve the performance of their organizations.

Next, the Executive Leaders began their Learning Journey at the Baker Institute, a think tank dedicated to energy and health policy research studies. The five-day visit allowed the Executive Leaders to broaden their horizons, observe and learn about how creative leadership can solve current energy and health challenges facing the global economy. Participants were able to discuss and interact with leading industry practitioners at the Institute, which is ranked among the top think tanks in the world. The Learning Journey included discussions and presentations by current industry experts, followed by site visits for the participants at the national space agency, NASA, the Texas Heart Institute, and Schlumberger, a leading oil and gas company.     

“The challenges of today’s modern world compel us as professionals to make a commitment to life-long learning and development,” noted His Excellency Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Member of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of QLC. “Developing our human capital will be crucial as we forge ahead in our mission of achieving Qatar’s 2030 vision.” The Executive Leaders Program is one of three National Leadership Programs at QLC. The other two QLC National Leadership Programs are the Rising Leaders and Government Leaders programs.

The application period for all three National Leadership Programs is currently open and applications for the 2017 – 18 cycle will be accepted until the 31st of October, 2016. Eligible applicants undergo a highly competitive and rigorous assessment process that factors in qualifications, professional experience, leadership potential as well as other factors. For more information, please visit the QLC website: