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Heir Apparent tells QLC trainees to sharpen skills

QNA DOHA THE Heir Apparent His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani on Tuesday called upon the first batch of Qatar Leadership Centre’s (QLC) Current and Future Leaders Programme to do their best to gain knowledge and hone their leadership skills.

The Heir Apparent, who is also QLC Board chairman, expressed his confidence in the Qatari youth by saying once given a task, they show all keenness to complete it.

The Heir Apparent was speaking to the first group of candidates selected for the inaugural Current and Future Leaders Programme of QLC whom he met at an event held at the Emiri Diwan.

The Heir Apparent asserted that the programme, primarily supported by Qatar Vision 2030, aims to produce well qualified graduates for leadership positions and called upon the participants to take the initiative, bear the responsibility, realise their aspirations and play a prominent role in raising Qatar’s status in the world.

The participants of the programme thanked the Heir Apparent for his continued support and confirmed their intention to do their best to help achieve country’s ambitious development goals.

Committed to creating change in Qatar’s leadership environment, QLC selects candidates with proven talent from schools, universities and the workplace – both in the private and public sector across Qatar.

The mission is to select, develop and support individuals who demonstrate the potential to contribute towards the sustainable development and growth of Qatar in line with its national vision. "We are pleased that QLC's first Programme has made such a positive beginning, and that its has been well received by the first class of participants," said QLC Executive Director and Board Member Sheikh Dr Abdullah bin Ali al Thani.

"QLC, a special initiative of The Heir Apparent His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, its Chairman, is positioned to play a significant role in helping promising young Qatari men and women to further develop their high-level leadership skills that will enable them to better serve Qatar in many important areas in the future," he said. During the programme, a film about QLC, its goals and the present and future visions and programmes, were screened and projected. Discussions about activating the programme were conducted and a lecture on the State of Qatar and its history was also delivered.

QLC had presented the inaugural module of its Current and Future Leaders Programme on January 11 as a select group of Qatari young professionals concluded a three-day, customised series of sessions focused on the transformation of organisations in an uncertain world.

In January the candidates completed the first two modules as part of the Current and Future Leaders Programme (one presented by the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, and the other by Harvard Business School).

Presented over 18 months, The Current and Future Leaders Programme is divided into four blocks: Leadership Skills, Personal Skills, Management Acumen and Regional and Global Trends.

Modules include, among others: Leadership in the 21st Century, Capturing the Power of Negotiation and Dealing with the Media. As part of Regional and Global Trends, candidates are expected to attend QLC Think Tank activities and engage with national and global decision-makers and leaders through a Think Tank for research, study and communication. The Policy Watch provides an inside track with unique high-level access - international conferences where a special quota is allocated for QLC participants. There will also be global conferences and events with participation at national delegation level.

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