Learning to succeed

Leadership, education and the knowledge economy in the Middle East

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A key opportunity for GCC countries in their efforts to build diversified and globally competitive knowledge economies is to instill leadership, creative and entrepreneurial skills among the region’s citizens.

Rather than importing Western models, there is a need to integrate Arab and Western perspectives on leadership and learning approaches to confirm that there are sufficient GCC executives in both the public and private sector who can lead the transformation into knowledge economies.

Education Gateway to economic prosperity

EY - Education Gateway to economic prosperity

Our survey of Arab executives showed a broad level of agreement with the experts, both on approaches to learning and on leadership models. There were, however, significant exceptions in a few key areas and among specific groups of executives – defined by schooling, employer and nationality – that underscore the importance of embedding local values and culture into leadership programs. Understanding these nuances is the key to unlocking leadership potential in the region.


Where executives agree or disagree with experts

EY - Where executives agree or disagree with experts

There are three areas where executive responses deviated from our experts’ model. Read more in our report


How do these findings help rethink models of learning and leadership in the GCC?

The wheel of change

EY - The wheel of change

We provide ten recommended actions that can drive the wheel of change in the coming years and even decades. Read more in our report to understand our findings.