Alireza, MD Shabbir Tiles
emphasizes on human resource development for success in business;
By AMANULLAH BASHAR
Sep 13 - 19, 1999
Alireza M. Alladin, Managing Director of Shabbir Tiles & Ceramics
Limited, a project of Habib Group, has said that creation of a true corporate culture is a
prerequisite for sound and rapid economic growth in Pakistan.
Speaking on "What makes a successful business leader?"
Alireza said "People want to do everything by themselves while practically they are
not able to achieve any objective."
Alireza, who introduced new dimensions of quality products in Ceramics
and Tiles industry in Pakistan, has led Shabbir Tiles to the height where it commands a
respectable place among the contemporaries.
Speaking chastely about a successful business leader, Alireza said that
actually the top man in an organization is not supposed to do everything neither he should
keep all the powers in his hands, the only thing he is required to do is to supervise the
team of professionals having decision making powers in day to day affairs related to their
sections or departments. This delegation of powers and responsibility gives them a lot of
confidence and a true sense of association with the organization.
On the other hand, a team spirit among the staff members is almost
non-existent in an atmosphere where the traditional system of "Maalik and Nokar"
(Employer and the Employee) prevails.
A successful business leader has to be able to delegate powers of
decision making independently to his team mates. The sense of liberty among the co-workers
not only gives them confidence but creates a true sense of participation as well as
association with the organization. Although it is generally said but practically speaking
it is not done.
The nature of relationship between top man and his team is highly
important for producing positive results. Dealing the co-workers with respect and
affection costs nothing but does the magic in harmonizing the working atmosphere.
Unfortunately we are lacking this culture in Pakistan. The sense of arrogance generally
reflected in the behaviour of the top bosses not only causes a gulf but gives an ugly
picture of the working atmosphere, he remarked.
He said that the cliches of hardworking by an individual for running a
successful business organization have now been replaced by smart working for person
leading a business organization. The top man besides having the business knack and keen
observations, should have discerning abilities to make a good use of the expertise of the
professionals working in the organization.
Highlighting the importance of a team spirit which helps the top man to
achieve the business targets, Alireza observed that it is not the finances, equipment or
organization itself but a well-knitted team of dedicated, devoted and committed experts
and professionals who are the real assets and essence of success because they are the real
ones who produce results. He went on to say that results are not produced by money or
machines, results are achieved by people, Alireza asserted.
Human resource development
Emphasis on human resource development is the most neglected part of
our culture both at public and private sector levels. The human resource development is
the most important segment of socio-economic growth of any society.
Whenever a culture of short term gains prevails in any society
consequently a culture of selfishness automatically creeps into socio-economic values of
the society. The most important factor of human resource development which provides a
solid base for economic growth in the long run, is, however, neglected due to prevailing
culture of short term gains. The sooner we realize the importance of human resource
development the earlier we start our journey for socio economic growth of this country, he
Alireza, who devotes 50 per cent of his time on the department of human
resource development, said that ultimately it benefits to the organization as every thing
belongs to the organization say it building, machines or products, all of them are looked
after by these people.