Dr Sufian Abu-Rmaileh
IICEDubai2017 Featured Speaker
UAE University, UAE
As a Featured Speaker at The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Dubai 2017 (IICEDubai2017), Dr Sufian Abu-Rmaileh will look at the factors affecting leadership styles, examining six different styles (directive, visionary, affiliative, democratic/participative, pacesetting and coaching). He will also present an opportunity for participants to complete a survey that reveals their leadership style, as well as what they are working with and how it can affect their work environment, while examining some qualities of good leadership. His full abstract is available to read below.
Dr Abu-Rmaileh is an English Lecturer at UAE University, UAE. He was the External Projects Coordinator for four years and was also the Professional Development Coordinator for The University General Requirements Unit. For the past 32 years he has been teaching English at various levels, skills and institutions in the USA and the Middle East. He has been an administrator and a team leader for over 10 years in the USA and the UAE. He has an MA in Linguistics, and received both his TESL Certificate and his PhD in Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University, USA. Dr Abu-Rmaileh has also won many awards for his work as a leader, researcher and classroom teacher, including Toastmasters International Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze. He is a frequent presenter, invited speaker and plenary speaker at local, national and international conferences. Dr Abu-Rmaileh has written on culture, classroom technology, motivation, burnout, communication, business writing, critical and creative thinking, emotional and social intelligences, team building, problem solving and leadership. Dr Abu-Rmaileh is also a Toastmasters International member and President of TA Toastmasters. He is TESOL Arabia past president, past conference co-chair, 25 years as TA conference planner and other local, regional and international conference planner, and 2017 TA conference co-chair.
Featured Presentation | Leadership Skills and Styles for Successful Administrators
Leadership, at any level, is a complicated matter that is not easy to decipher. Achieving superiority and distinction in leadership sometimes necessitates the use of unconventional processes by which people lead. Each leader manages in a different way and with a different style. “Leadership styles” refers to the way a leader behaves and deals with issues arising in the work environment (Bates, 2002, Garland and Parry, 1987). Style relates to the leader’s personality and how they operate during certain situations. In addition, leadership style relates to how much leeway leaders allow for their constituents’ participation in problem solving and in the decision-making process. This has to do with how much freedom employees are given to be participants in the organization, affecting the way the day-to-day activities of the organization are handled (DePree, 1989, Dogget, 1987, Lall and Lall, 1979). Leaders have to work with norms, parameters and concepts that are vital to their success. The constituents, practices and issues are job-specific. Personality type, risk at work, organizational culture and the objectives of the task at hand are also vital in leadership. Effective leaders need to have a never-ending enthusiasm for the job. They need to have flexibility of thought, be approachable and understanding. Leaders need to be sensitive to their constituents (Lussier and Achua, 2004, Popper and Lipshitz, 2000).
In this presentation, participants will look at the factors affecting leadership styles, examining six different styles (directive, visionary, affiliative, democratic/participative, pacesetting and coaching). They will have an opportunity to complete a survey that reveals to them their leadership style and what they are working with and how it can affect their work environment. Finally, they will examine some qualities of good leadership.