Egypt: Identifying Sustainable Leadership Competencies for Local and Multinational Businesses at a Time of Chaos

Egypt: Identifying Sustainable Leadership Competencies for Local and Multinational Businesses at a Time of Chaos

Mohamed Mustafa Saad (Pharma-Tech, Egypt & Regional Information Technology Institute, Egypt) and Riham Moawad (The British University in Egypt, Egypt & Regional Information Technology Institute, Egypt)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8167-5.ch010
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Abstract

This case considers the process of identifying the competencies needed for leaders of organizations in Egypt at a time of great political, economic, and social dislocation. Data was collected as many senior executives, entrepreneurs, and expats and locals in multinational businesses were leaving the country, fearing continued unrest. This scenario in Egypt presents a traumatic test for organizations and their human resources departments, who are seeking to retain talent, recruit new talent who can cope with this scenario, and to ensure the sustainability of their organizations for the future. It is widely believed by many in HR and general management that Egypt might take a decade even to return to the employment stability of the Mubarak era, for all its shortcomings. The research for this case was based on two sources: blogs written by interested observers both inside and outside Egypt published on local and foreign websites and a series of three Delphi rounds, consulting over 30 experts in leadership competencies.

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