Abdul, thinking back to your adolescence was there a particular job you dreamed of doing when you grew up?
When I was a child I wanted to be a receptionist when I grew up. My youthful career choice was solely based on the size of the receptionist desk. My judgement was that since a receptionist has a big desk and normally sits at the front with larger office space, she or he must be the boss of the organization and that was what I wanted to be - the receptionist boss!
My career path has changed over the years and I never became the receptionist that I really wanted to be during my younger years. I ended up working for many organizations which gave me the office space but never a desk as big as the receptionist desk that I really wanted to have.
Choosing to complete an Executive MBA is a big consideration. After reviewing the various masters’ programs available, why did you choose to enroll in the Telfer Executive MBA Program?
I chose the Telfer Executive MBA Program because this program will propel my career, meet my goals and become the leader that I always wanted to be (with a desk as big as the receptionist desk)! I expect the Telfer Executive MBA Program will facilitate an environment where I can enrich and elevate myself from both a personal and professional prospective. I have sought, throughout my career progression, the need for a program that will provide a comprehensive leadership development experience and expand my critical thinking and analytical capabilities. I have valuable business and leadership instincts but these skills require the refinement and development that Telfer Executive MBA Program can provide for me.
What qualities do you admire in a mentor? Do you have someone you consider a strong mentor in your own life?
I admire leaders who can connect with people and who lead by example. To me a leader is anyone who inspires others. While leaders pursue their dreams they also give back to the world by helping others to live their dreams. They lift other people up and keep up their journey towards realizing their vision and dreams. They are never complacent, always stay humble and never allow arrogance to slip in. They are compassionate and feel a sense of responsibility towards their family, friends, and community. I find these leaders throughout our community. They are the cab drivers, the barbers, the doctors, the teachers and the school custodians.