Leadership is among the most overused, yet misunderstood, term in business. People are expected to demonstrate leadership, but very few know what it is. Employees are often thrust into leadership positions because of earlier success without the tools or understanding to succeed. While some thrive, others fail and most waffle in mediocrity. There are those who strive to avoid leadership responsibilities, but as John Maxwell (American Author on Leadership) suggests, “Everyone is a leader because everyone influences someone.”
In other words, the role of a leader will be yours, the question is will you prepared to thrive when the time comes. Will you be prepared to rise to the occasion when the times come or risk floundering in mediocrity?
Amir Younes is the North America Customer Success and Professional Services leader at Wrike, Inc. (a workflow management SaaS solution) in San Jose, CA, and an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. Amir has worked in, led and built organizations across the globe including the US, Egypt, Peru and Chile and speaks several languages including English, Arabic, and Spanish.
Amir has nearly 20 years of global experience in leadership, technology, government, retail, healthcare, financial services and consulting. Prior to joining Wrike, he was a senior leader at both Rocket Fuel and Medallia and a strategy consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Amir actively coaches and leads training workshops for global public and private institutions; notable organizations include Qualcomm, Hewlett Packard (HP), the American Consulate in Alexandria, Egypt, Schutz American School, Booz Allen Hamilton, the University of Michigan, and Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC).
Amir earned his B.S. in Computer Science and Management Science from the University of California, San Diego and an MBA with honors from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. Amir is also a Certified Myers-Briggs Practitioner focusing on leadership enablement.
Amir Younes is teaching Leadership in the Weekend MBA at the Luxembourg School of Business.
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