Leadership Development in the Middle East

Leadership Development in the Middle East

Edited by Beverly Dawn Metcalfe and Fouad Mimouni

Leadership in the Middle East has never been as vital as it is in the wake of the global financial crisis and the Arab Spring – yet there is a lack of detailed knowledge concerning strategies for developing capacity in leadership, national skills and knowledge management. This volume aims to address this deficit. This book is the first text on the subject of leadership development in the Middle East to be published in English (drawing on both English and Arabic scholarship) and will contribute to the knowledge and understanding of leadership theory and practice in the global economy.

Chapter 10: Leadership in Egypt

Gillian Rice

Subjects: business and management, critical management studies, politics and public policy, leadership

Extract

Gillian Rice INTRODUCTION The importance of Egypt in the Middle East and in the world has been much analysed in the aftermath of the unrest and revolutions which spread through the region and led Hosni Mubarak to step down on 11 February 2011. The nature of leadership in Egypt has also been scrutinized as never before. The strong man has been toppled by the unempowered, the old guard by the young, the traditionalist by the technologically aware. In all this the army was almost a spectator, stepping in after Mubarak’s departure to take control with a commitment to oversee a transition to free and fair elections: there is something appealingly symbolic about a revolution organized through social networks and taking place in full view not only of the world’s media, but also in sight of the Cairo museum, repository of 5000 years of Egyptian history. Whatever the future of national leadership in Egypt, the repercussions for the future role of the army, of the young, of communications technology and of external powers, remains to be seen – as do the implications for other states now troubled with violence, including Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Jordan and Libya. Egypt has long held a central position in the Middle East. The fact that it is home to the League of Arab States gives Egypt considerable political influence. Egypt also exerts cultural influence over the region in at least three ways: first, through its historically strong publishing and film industries; second, through its status as an...

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