The Emirates Diplomatic Academy, EDA, hosted Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chief of Dubai Police and General Security, for a guest lecture on the leadership qualities of the Founding Father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, where he shared insights from his latest book, “Soft Power in the Leadership Qualities of Zayed: 110 Leadership Qualities”.
Lt. Gen. Tamim highlighted the challenges Sheikh Zayed faced during the first stages of the establishment of the UAE Union. The book release coincided with the Year of Zayed, declared by the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to mark the 100th anniversary of Sheikh Zayed’s birth and to highlight his role in establishing the UAE.
Lt Gen Tamim said, “Sheikh Zayed has provided us with an exemplary soft power approach to follow. His ideas, values and interest in human rights, culture and art have made him a role model for leadership. Before writing my book, I researched several prominent leaders who had left an indelible mark on their people, but I could not find anyone like Sheikh Zayed. He was a distinguished leader, diplomat and politician, a tolerant and gracious strategic thinker, who advocated for social issues and the environment. He sought to make his people happy and worked for them without expecting a reward.”
“My book provides an overview of a few select leadership qualities of the late Sheikh Zayed. But of course, I was unable to include all of them. Our Founding Father was an exceptional leader not only for the UAE but also for the region and the world at large. This is what prompted me to write this book, in which I try to answer the questions that future generations may ask about Sheikh Zayed, who left an immortal legacy for our country,” he stated.
Lt. Gen. Tamim emphasised the need for educational institutions in the UAE to incorporate elements of Sheikh Zayed’s leadership qualities in their curriculum, and for students to learn about the country’s eminent personalities.
Bernardino Leon said, “Sheikh Zayed laid the foundations of the UAE’s foreign policy. At the Academy, we work relentlessly to instil our Founding Father’s core values in our students, as we firmly believe these are integral qualities for Emirati diplomats that will enable them to become worthy representatives of their country on the global stage.”
Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State and Member of EDA’s Board of Trustees, Bernardino Leon, Director-General of EDA, as well as students, faculty and staff of the academy participated in the event.
Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs