Sunday, October 17

‘Change of guard a way to revive weak bodies’

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KUCHING: The only way weak organisations can improve and progress is by changing its leadership.

Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak said there was no other better way to deal with such a situation but to change the leadership.

“The success and failure of any organisation is determined by the capability and ability of its leadership so if the leadership is weak, the organisation will reach nowhere.

“In this kind of situation, nothing can be done except to change the leadership. That is the only answer,” he said.

He said this when presenting his working paper at the UUM Human Capital Development and Leadership Management seminar on ‘Excellent Organisation Management Materialises Nation’s Aspiration’ here yesterday.

Mohamed said to ensure that the various government departments, agencies and organisations were headed and led by really dynamic people, the process of recruitment for any position must be most thorough.

“During the interview, the interviewers should not only look at certificates of the applicants. The candidates may have good academic qualifications but if they have doubtful character and attitudes, then they should be rejected.

“This is one area which interviewers should never overlook or ignored when conducting interviews especially for strategic post in any organisation,” he said.

In this regard, Mohamed was hoping that the seminar this time would be able to provide useful tips to the participants on how to identify potential quality leaders for their organisations.

The seminar, the fifth of its kind organised by UUM and its second time being held here, was attended by 142 participants from various organisations and agencies throughout the country.

The event which started yesterday and to end tomorrow, was graced by Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg representing Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud Monday night.

A total of five working papers will be presented throughout the seminar.

The speakers at the seminar apart from Dr Mohamed include Inland Revenue chief executive officer (CEO) Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Mohd Shukor Mahfar, Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) chairman Datuk Talib Zulpilip, Integrity Institute Malaysia (IIM) president Datuk Dr Mohd Tap Salleh and motivation expert Dr Robiah Hamzah.