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Texas A&M at Qatar’s Dean’s Leadership Series

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Texas A&M at Qatar’s Dean’s Leadership Series

Texas A&M at Qatar’s Dean’s Leadership Series

Yasser Al Jaidah, CEO of Qatar Cool, recently spoke to students, faculty and staff at Texas A&M University at Qatar as part of the Dean’s Leadership Series in the branch campus’ building in Education City. During the information question-and-answer forum, Al Jaidah advised students to continually try to understand other people and cultures. He said that engineers tend to be introverts dedicated to their work, but that a successful career in engineering is not just about IQ; it’s also about EQ, or emotional intelligence. “Your team is only as good as its members,” he said. “Emotional intelligence goes hand in hand with intelligence because you have to work with people from all different cultures and nationalities.” Al Jaidah advised they should expect to make students to never stop reading—not just engineering and technology articles and publications, but everything from philosophy to politics, because that will open their breadth of knowledge. He told students mistakes but they should try to learn from those mistakes and push past their comfort zones to truly diversify their experiences and themselves. He also reflected on his early career as an electrical engineer when he avoided the back office and chose instead to work with technicians in the field to build his own hands-on capabilities. He started in the oil and gas industry and said he used his experiences in that field to learn what was needed to take Qatar to the next level.

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