The Culture of Leadership – A CEO Talk by Haitham bin Abdullah Al Kharusi

HALBAN As part of a series of CEO Talks held at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech), Haitham bin Abdullah Al Kharusi, Vice-President Consumer at Omantel, gave an inspiring, motivational talk to GUtech students and academics today afternoon. During his talk, Haitham Al Kharusi shared his valuable thoughts and rich experiences regarding leadership, the development of people and the management of different cultures, a topic of growing importance within our globalized work environments. Throughout his career in seven different companies in various countries, Haitham al Kharusi believes the greatest joy in life is to be in the ‘service of people’, to empower them to achieve their maximum potential.

His talk focused on how the personal culture of a leader impacts a company’s success, what are the various stages of leadership including people development and the key attributes and behaviours of leaders such as empathy. Why leadership is a way of life and who can become a leader? Having experience in various industries, countries and citizens Haitham Al Kharusi realized various challenges throughout his career. “The one thing that was the greatest learning is that culture affects everything in a company not just strategy but operational excellence and everything else,” said Haitham Al Kharusi. He is passionate about people, customer experience, process re-engineering, digital transformation and contributing to the community.

Haitham Al Kharusi is an inspirational, result-orientated, motivational leader and a people’s person. He is an international personality having grown up and lived in three different continents, including high schooled and postgraduate studies from the UK. A seasoned professional executive with over 24 years work experience in four different industries, including Banking, an NGO, Oil & Gas and Telecom. He has gained start-up experience working for the 2nd Mobile Network Operator in Oman Nawras and he worked in Abu Dhabi, UAE for a major regional Telecom Brand Etisalat, with work experience exposure to eleven MENA countries. Haitham Al Kharusi is the Vice President Consumer Omantel, accountable for 60% revenues OMR 300m and 90% of its customer base, about 3 million residential customers. Haitham manages both commercial and cross-functional technology accountability across Oman including al Batinah, Musandam, Burami and Dhofar, a region with a workforce of over 1200 employee.

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