Salim, when you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Since childhood, I have interest for quests and a great fascination for the sea and the outdoors. My dream was to become an explorer.
There are many compelling reasons to undertake an Executive MBA Program. What is your goal for the Telfer Executive MBA Program?
I have multiple goals for the program which are professional, cultural and personal. I intend to develop tactful and effective communication skills, deepen my learning on economy and finance, and acquire a critical understanding of our ever-changing business environment. At the leadership level, I wish to focus on the means that enable balancing performance with high spirit and growth within a team.
On another note, echoes from my childhood’s dream drive me to seek and follow new ways. At Telfer, I will endeavor to learn how to question the conventional in an engaging manner, in order to build consensus and pursue change collectively.
What do you admire in a leader or a mentor? Do you have someone, who you consider a strong mentor or leader within your life?
Good karma, care for others, vision, determination and courage.
Independently from their rank and age, a handful of friends and collaborators have influenced my path in various but meaningful ways. They have taught me to reach out and how to make choices.
Furthermore, personalities that I have never encountered inspire me through their deeds. I have profound respect for the world known sailor Eric Tabarly with his discipline, strength and focus; San Tzu with his timeless wisdom, the sensitivity and courage of Mikis Theodorakis; the pertinence and relentlessness of Winston Churchill; and finally, the perpetual contribution to humanity of HH the Aga Khan.
Originally Posted: October 24, 2014