SASREF (Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company), the joint venture of Saudi Aramco and Shell International, has completed a comprehensive leadership development program that aims to nurture the skills and competencies of its senior professionals with the support of Aon, a global professional services firm providing a range of risk, retirement and health solutions.
Executed over a period of four months, the Leadership Development Program covered more than 90 SASREF staff in managerial positions. Aon leveraged a suite of innovative assessment tools to determine the current leadership capabilities of the group and helped develop their leadership skills further to support the growth of the organization for the long term. Aon also provided executive coaching for senior leaders, to strengthen their long-term impact on the business.
Mohammad A. Jurais, talent development manager, SASREF, said: “As an employer of choice, we invest significantly in people development. Our employees are our primary assets and by developing their skills, we are further contributing to a key goal of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to nurture professional Saudi talent. We identified the need for a modern and scientific leadership development program that will equip our leaders with the required level of competency to support the strategic growth of our organization. QAED was clearly aligned with our objectives and we look forward to a highly rewarding and interactive program that will boost the competencies of our team.”
Robin Ullrich, QAED lead, SASREF, said: “Leaders who participated in the QAED evaluation are now much more well-positioned to embark upon a structured developmental pathway through professional training and educational programs, where they are in a position to develop a broad and deep understanding of issues affecting their organizations to achieve excellence.”
Following the review of the leadership abilities, Aon delivered a bespoke training program suited to individual needs and aspirations. A team of executive coaches supported the training activities, and the outcomes of the sessions were provided as a comprehensive organizational report to the executive management and the Leadership Development Committee of SASREF, highlighting the strengths, opportunities and moving-forward plan.
Mina Morris, associate partner, Aon Middle East and Africa, said: “The opportunity to support SASREF with a truly comprehensive leadership development program underlines our strength in talent assessment and development solutions. With the focus of Saudi Arabia, under its Vision 2030 to invest and develop future leaders, our holistic approach to leadership development served as an ideal fit to the needs of SASREF and the Kingdom.”
“The program brought several advantages to SASREF staff, as it increased self-awareness and underscored their stronger career prospects. It will lead to a cascade effect in leadership where better leaders will be instrumental in creating more effective future leaders within the organization,” Morris added.