This was the case when participants on the T6 Leadership Development Program, met Khaled Al Maskari, the Director of Human Resources at TDIC in Abu Dhabi. Participants were quick to recognize and affiliate with their former classmate and buddy Khaled, who was invited to be the guest leader for this T6 program session.
Mr. Al Maskari shared with participants his remarkable career journey of moving from an engineering role to that of Human Resources. It was his natural and innate strength around dealing with people that led him to this important transition. It all started during his years working with ADCO when he accepted as the first Emirati national, a technical field based role that required him to work at a deserted location away from the city. His pioneering move, inspired more Emiratis to follow his footsteps, whom he then, self-inspired and self-initiated, started to warmly welcome as new joiners to the field, actively inducting, mentoring and career counseling them. Word spread quickly around that critical role he assumed, and the difference it made to nationals out on the field. It was then and there that he was called into the head office and offered a role in human resource as HR Career Advisor, which later proved to be a successful leap of faith in his career that he had accepted to take on.
Khaled’s success had also extended beyond his career, where he successfully authored an important book on business communication, which not only won him the UAE national author’s award, but has also helped address a critical communication’s gap that many organizations have suffered from.
The interview with Khaled, left participants with some great advice, most of which addressing the critical need for leaders to always be close to people, and question and understand their needs. He cited a great example, of a leader, personally visiting labor camps to ensure the camp facilities are meeting their needs, something that those laborers had greatly appreciated. As simple as it may be, but it is that genuine care for people, that makes all the difference, and which is often – sadly to say – not attended to.
Mr. Al Maskari extended his appreciation to the Altaaat Leadership Development Institute for the great efforts exerted towards the development of nationals, and expressed his support for any future Altaaat programs.