Muscat: OAB recently celebrated the graduation of the third cohort of the ‘LEAD3’ programme under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nasr Amer Al Hosani, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labour. The graduation ceremony was held via an online platform, where graduates were presented with their graduation certificates. The ceremony was attended by Rashad Mohammad Al Zubair, Chairman of OAB, Rashad Ali Al Musafir, CEO of the Bank and saw the presence of several executive members and guests.
Commenting on the graduation ceremony, Rashad Al Musafir noted, “Today’s celebration of the ‘LEAD 3’ graduation is a testimony of OAB’s commitment to empowering its employees to become future leaders. The previous LEAD graduates have assumed management and leadership positions across various departments and divisions of the Bank. Today, they are joined by their colleagues and have been prepared to be leaders, within each of their respective fields. This approach affirms our long term vision to localise knowledge resources and provide opportunities for national talent to take charge of the future.”
On behalf of LEAD 3 graduates, Maytham Al Zadjali said, “It was an exceptional opportunity for each of us to develop and enhance our skills and knowledge, as well as to apply it practically. I am confident that all our learnings will contribute towards delivering a positive impact on the overall experience that Oman Arab Bank is keen to extend to all its customers across the Sultanate. I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to the OAB management for giving us this great opportunity that will reflect positively on every stage of our career.”
Ayman Al Shehi, representative of the HRD, the supervisor of the programme said, “On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Executive Management of Oman Arab Bank, I would like to congratulate each of the 20 graduates of LEAD 3 programme Together with the graduates of previous cohorts, they form an integral and efficient part of human resources division that is core within the banking sector. On behalf of the Human Resources Division, I wish them all the best and look forward to seeing them assume new responsibilities in their new roles.”
The LEAD Programme provides a great opportunity for the Bank’s employees to demonstrate their leadership capabilities and their willingness to take on greater positions and responsibilities within the executive management hierarchy. Each candidate is selected based on the employee ratings within the Bank, through which the most talented Bank employees are identified. They are then accepted into the programme after undergoing a comprehensive 360-degree programme in addition to a special questionnaire on strengths and how to enhance them. In the first module, participants join a workshop on socialization, which qualifies them to work with some of the best motivational experts in Oman who specialize in leadership development. This will ultimately improve their leadership skills and behaviours that will ensure the development of leadership qualities in the years to come.
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 has a rich and proud history as one of the first financial institutions to be established in the Sultanate, especially with regard to Omanisation. The Bank has recorded a leading Omanisation rate within the sector level, valued at 96% of the total employees. Today, the bank operates a nationwide network of 53 branches and representative offices and 160 ATMs spread across Oman. OAB provides a complete range of financial products and services to individuals, companies and investors. As one of the most advanced banks, it provides comprehensive digital solutions through its OAB Online App, through which customers can open new accounts and benefit from other services, directly from their mobile phones.