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Important Skills for Effective Leadership

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Sam Barouki is currently pursuing a doctor of business administration with an emphasis in international business and expects to receive his degree in 2014. To prepare for his future career in business, Sam Barouki works on developing his leadership skills.

Research has shown that the most effective leaders are transformational leaders; in other words, people who are positive and inspire and empower their subordinates and followers. To become a transformational leader, you should strive to develop the following skills and traits:

1. Be Passionate: Effective leaders show genuine passion for their work, which in turn inspires others to work hard. Leaders should also recognize and praise that same passion in their employees.

2. Communicate Effectively: All communication should express sincerity, both verbally and nonverbally. Leaders should find time to talk and listen to their subordinates one on one and encourage open lines of communication.

3. Recognize and Reward Hard Work: Show your employees that you appreciate them by recognizing and rewarding their hard work. Happy employees are productive employees.

4. Stay Positive: Even when things aren’t going great, leaders must stay positive to keep workers inspired. Remember: the leader sets the tone for the entire group.


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April 28, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Sam El Barouki: Well-Educated Banking Expert

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Currently a candidate for a doctor of business administration, Sam El Barouki previously attended California State University, Long Beach. He earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communications as well as his master’s degree in sports management from the University. Before he was even finished with his first graduate degree, Sam El Barouki joined Countrywide Home Loans, a division of Bank of America, in Huntington Beach, California. There, he managed over 35 employees, including loan processors and team managers. He was responsible for overseeing loan production and lending of over $20 million a month. At 25 years of age, he became the youngest branch manager in Countrywide’s history.

After four years at Bank of America, Mr. Barouki accepted a position as branch manager with Primary Residential Bank. He spent two years there before joining Polaris Energy in 2010. While at Polaris, he participated in the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF).

In his leisure hours, Sam El Barouki is a fan of professional sports, including football, baseball, and basketball. He is particularly dedicated to Philadelphia’s teams. He also spends his spare time staying on top of current news and politics, keeping a close eye on the business sector.

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March 7, 2014 at 5:40 am

Quick Ways to Motivate Your Sales Force By Sam Barouki

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Keeping a sales force motivated should be a priority in any economy. However, during periods of economic uncertainty, an enthusiastic sales force might be the difference between survival and going out of business. Here are a few simple ideas to help salespeople keep their eyes on the prize:

—Choose a limited number of goals. Salespeople tend to be busy, with many competing priorities. By choosing a few clear and ambitious yet attainable goals, the sales team will be able to rally their efforts to achieve success. Too many goals create confusion.

—Provide real-time results. CRM systems, when implemented properly, provide this kind of feedback. It may be necessary to run a mini-contest to encourage compliance, but once the sales force is on board with the benefits of these tools, your whole department will move forward in a coordinated fashion.

—Keep contests short. Depending on the behavior you are trying to encourage, contests could last from as little as one day to a couple of weeks. Certainly, contests should not run for more than a few months. The reason for this is that you want to work with the sense of urgency most salespeople have when it comes to their work.

About Sam Barouki

Accomplished sales executive Sam Barouki served as a Branch Manager for Country Home Loans from 2004 to 2009. At one point, he was the youngest branch manager in the history of the company.

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February 27, 2014 at 5:30 am