McKinsey launches third edition of Qiyada Emerging Leaders program to support emerging Emirati leaders

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  • 20 emerging leaders in the Abu Dhabi public and private sectors will embark on a one-year self-development journey
  • Qiyada Emerging Leaders program supports the socio-economic transformation and economic diversification in the emirate

Abu Dhabi: McKinsey & Company has launched the third edition of the Qiyada Emerging Leaders program – a one-year journey that helps young leaders in Abu Dhabi realize their potential through a selection of in-person workshops, immersion sessions, one-on-one coaching, and digital-learning courses.

McKinsey has a long and well-established presence in Abu Dhabi, working across public and private sector institutions to support the major economic transformation efforts across the emirate.

Unlike traditional leadership development programs focused on technical skills, the Qiyada Emerging Leaders program offers an immersive learning experience of self-discovery, self-definition, and self-shaping. It has been designed for promising leaders committed to shaping and driving the ambitious transformation underway in the UAE’s capital.

The program is geared towards purpose-driven young professional Emiratis with 3-12 years of leadership experience. Applicants must manage three or more colleagues and must be responsible for leading strategic projects in Abu Dhabi’s public or private sectors. The program is set up to provide a practical roadmap to help leaders apply their own assessments to plans that help them succeed in their current environment.

Rima Assi, Senior Partner and Head of McKinsey’s Abu Dhabi office, said: “This program is designed to fit the needs of Abu Dhabi at this pivotal moment in its history. We are committed to bringing our global experience in leadership and culture transformation to help enable the next generation of leaders in the UAE’s capital.”

Annette Kirby, Aberkyn hub senior leader in the Middle East, said: “The transformations witnessed during our first two years of Qiyada were remarkable. The learning journey covers key leadership aspects like leading self, others, and change, as well as connecting to purpose and communicating with impact. We have seen the results manifest in the professional and the personal lives of our participants. Although the program lasts a year, the leadership lessons truly last a lifetime.”

Testimonials from participants in the program:

Reem AlZaabi from Mubadala: “The Qiyada program caused a huge shift in my understanding of leadership. I realized that leadership is not something that you learn from books alone. Leadership is a capability that you discover inside yourself. It is a journey between your heart, mind and soul. Our country’s leaders urge us to be role models of leadership in our networks to deliver on our vision for the UAE. Success in leadership starts with leading self.”

Khaled Altamimi from TRANSCO: “The program has shown me how to use other parts of my brain, enabling me to see the bigger picture through a wider lens. I am learning a lot from a different perspective, and it is encouraging for me to see how changing oneself is possible.”

Ali Almansoori from ADNOC: “I really loved the discussion about the stages of growth and the importance of the pause button, which can impact our relations positively. This made me think about my purpose, what I’m doing and whether it helps me to live my purpose.”

The Qiyada Emerging Leaders program includes the following:

  • 360-degree leadership assessment to understand strengths and weaknesses
  • One-on-one coaching sessions with professional coaches to shape a personal learning journey
  • Leadership training forums delivered by distinguished experts to progress leadership capabilities
  • Access to mobile-friendly digital learning modules to help reinforce learnings
  • Guest speakers from leading private- and public-sector organizations to deliver keynotes
  • Networking and team-building exercises to encourage long-term collaboration among participants