OAB Conducts Third Module of ‘LEAD 2’ Development Programme

Muscat, May 13, 2017: Following the launch of the second edition of the ‘Leadership Enhancement And Development’ (LEAD) talent programme last year, Oman Arab Bank (OAB) has announced that 20 qualified LEAD candidates have now completed the third module, titled ‘Performance Management’, of the leadership development initiative. The LEAD Candidates also completed the ‘CASS’ module, a four-part specialised programme focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, as part of the third module.

Commenting on the completion of the third module Adil Al Rahbi, Head of the Human Resources Division said, “The LEAD ‘2’ programme has been progressing well with every candidate performing well above our expectations. As with the previous LEAD candidates, each of them have already proven that they have the mental fortitude and positive attitude to pass each module with flying colours; ensuring effective career development for years to come.”

Module 3 of the program was focused on providing feedback on the Socialisation Workshop 2 that was conducted just a few weeks prior to the module. Key aspects of performance management were also examined as part of the module with topics including Coaching and Motivating, Conflict and Difficult Conversations, Managing Poor Performance, Managing for Results, Recognising Stress, Collaboration, Assertiveness and Change Management.

“This is a third of four modules that will be conducted over the course of the six-month training period; which also includes two socialisation workshops, both of which have already been conducted.” added Adil. “These socialisation workshops offer the high-potential LEAD delegates an opportunity to gain invaluable career insights from members of the bank’s LEAD Mentoring Group (LMG), that comprise of several members of the Bank’s Executive management.”

The CASS module, which was conducted as an extension of Module 3, consisted of four separate programme items; all of which were covered over the course of two days. The first day saw two of the programmes being conducted; with the first focused on challenges banks face globally and how they are being tackled, while the second focused on corporate entrepreneurship. The second day saw the team experience and business simulation, which gave all delegates an opportunity to collaborate in building a fictional business. The final programme was focused on acquiring other businesses.

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.