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Professor Sattar Bawany

Professor Sattar Bawany is the Director, Business Development of DBM Singapore and Head of Transition Coaching Practice for DBM in Asia Pacific. Sattar has over 25 years’ international business management experience, including 10 years in senior leadership position with global management consulting firms. In addition to his business and consulting career, Sattar has over 10 years of concurrent academic experience as an Adjunct Professor & Senior Faculty teaching senior managers and professionals business strategies, international business, and human resource courses at various leading universities. He was an accredited Chair & Executive Coach of TEC International, the largest professional organization for CEOs worldwide. Sattar has coached a range of leaders, from CEOs, to senior vice presidents, and middle managers. His current work in organizations focuses on encouraging individual initiative and leadership from a systemic perspective in order to achieve clearly defined business results. His specialty is effectively linking people processes to business outcomes. Sattar’s 15 years of experience in international business consulting includes assuming the role of Head of the Global Information Services (GIS) Business Unit of Mercer Human Resource Consulting in Singapore. Prior to joining Mercer, Sattar was the Senior Director (Business Development) of Forum Corporation (global leader in leadership development and branded customer experience) responsible for managing the global client relationships. He has also previously assumed the role as the Head of Hay Learning Services Asia Business Unit and Senior Consultant (Organisational Effectiveness & Management Development) of Hay Management Consultants (The Hay Group). Prior to being with Hay Group, Sattar was the Regional Senior Consultant and Key Account Director of Mercuri International, the competence development specialist within the management, sales and customer service functions. Sattar holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Knowledge Management) and also an Executive Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He also holds a Bachelor in Business Degree (Marketing Major). He is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He has trained and consulted for global and regional corporations from various industries such as Nokia, Caltex, Philips, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Groupe Schneider, National Starch & Chemical/ICI, Petronas, Singapore’s Civil Service College, ASEAN-EC Management Centre (AEMC), Asia Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI), Singapore’s MINDEF Centre of Management Development (MCMD) and others. Sattar is a highly effective facilitator and executive coach and has been very well regarded by his clients for his practical "how to" approach, and for his ability to communicate with his audiences and to make workplace learning fun and a pleasurable experience.

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Stay In Control With EQ

The term “emotional intelligence (EI)”, is often used interchangeably with the term “emotional quotient (EQ)”, and became popular after Goleman published his first book called Emotional Intelligence in 1995. In another best-seller, Working With Emotional Intelligence, Goleman pointed out that IQ only accounts for 20 per cent of a person’s success in life; the rest is attributed to other factors, including EQ. EI refers to the capacity for recognising our own feelings and those of others, and for motivating and managing emotions in ourselves, and in our relationships.
Study after study, not to mention good old common sense, demonstrates the key to exceptional leadership lies in developing the leadership competencies related to people skills.  Strengthening one's interpersonal skills elevates a person's leadership abilities and results dramatically.  These people skills are well defined and discussed within the concepts set forth in the groundbreaking work done by Daniel Goleman on Emotional Intelligence.  Studies have demonstrated that leaders who consistently outperform their peers not only have the technical skills required, but more importantly, have mastered most of the aspects of Emotional Intelligence.