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OAB Conducts Final Module of ‘LEAD 2’ Development Programme

Muscat, May 20, 2018: In line with its continued commitment to develop and improve the skills of its employees, Oman Arab Bank (OAB) launched the second edition of the ‘Leadership Enhancement And Development’ (LEAD) talent programme last year. The 20 qualified LEAD candidates have now completed the final fourth module, titled ‘Strategic Decision Making’, of the leadership development initiative.

Commenting on the completion of the four module Adil Al Rahbi, Head of the Human Resources Division said, “The development of leadership styles, self-awareness, and strategic management were highlighted in the first three modules of the LEAD ‘2’ programme. This final module built on those topics, examining strategic themes including problem solving, courageous leadership, and further self-improvement, among others. The candidates will now undergo one further 360-degree evaluation; before finally graduating from the programme. In addition, the workshops included the implementation of a specialised programme designed in collaboration with CASS Business School London and aimed at boosting innovation within the workplace.”

The final module discussed areas such as strategic leadership, problem analysis, and ways to create a positive impact within OAB through continuous improvement of skills and resources. This final segment also gave special focus to personal development planning, including ways in which to self-measure progress and improve personal accountability. Several delegates also presented research topics relevant to the challenges in the Banking and Finance sector, along with their recommendations on how to address such issues. The candidates were also tasked with developing their own Personal Development Plan (PDP) in order to continue to make a lasting and positive difference within OAB. The PDP also involved accreditation opportunities emerging from their successful completion of the LEAD programme. The second and final 360-degree evaluation of the candidates will take place in July.

“Our objective with the LEAD programme was to enrich the careers of young and talented Omanis at OAB through capacity-building leadership and management trainings. In doing so we can further contribute towards developing national talent within the Banking sector of the Sultanate,” added Adil. “On behalf of the OAB management, I would like to congratulate each of our 20 candidates on their successful completion of the final module of LEAD ‘2’.”

LEAD is a unique and specialised leadership development program that aims to cultivate the talents of high potential Omanis with guidance from internationally renowned experts. The six-month programme has been designed to utilise best practices in order to empower participants with opportunity, managerial expertise, and high-level workplace solutions.

The ‘LEAD’ programme has been designed in cooperation with Inspirational Development Group (IDG) and is facilitated by a team from IDG, a globally renowned leadership and management performance consultancy. The company has channelled its long history of experience delivering high-quality and intensive work programmes to some of the most prestigious organisations in the world. Closely affiliated with the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, IDG has worked with some of the most important public and private sector companies in the region from its Middle East office based in Muscat.

Oman Arab Bank is one of the first banks to be established in Oman, with a rich and proud history. Today, the bank operates a nationwide network of 65 branches and representative offices and 148 ATMs spread across the Sultanate. OAB provides the complete range of financial products and services for personal banking, corporate and investment clients.