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Mohamed Hammoud, Desire2Lead

Mohamed Hammoud is a specialist in leadership development and adult education, focusing specifically on emotional intelligence. Mohamed tells The Industry Leaders how his work aims to empower leaders and talks about how he battles imposter syndrome.

How did you end up sitting where you are today?

My background is in leadership development and adult education. When I "discovered" emotional intelligence ("EQ"), I got certified in it so that I could use it in my work. Since then, it has become my passion and purpose.

What kind of work does your role involve?

My goal is to empower leaders through emotional intelligence to gain clarity, confidence, and courage. By doing this, I hope to help them accelerate leadership potential in individuals and teams across the organization.

What gets you excited about your industry?

I want to make a difference in the lives of others so that they feel more fulfilled. As a community, I strive to help foster inclusion.

What's the best advice anyone ever gave you?

We can only see through the heart: the essential is invisible to the eyes.

What's the best way to support aspiring leaders in your field?

I simplify emotional intelligence into actionable steps to help others accelerate their own leadership potential and that of others.

By helping them develop healthy habits, they will gain:

  1. The clarity to identify their motive and options to solve the problem.

  2. Confidence to build skills and capability.

  3. Courage to learn from mistakes, stay true to their vision, and role-model core values.

  4. Commitment to persist till they achieve their desired results.

How do you keep up to speed with what's happening in your industry?

I'm consistently upskilling and reading to learn and apply experience with knowledge.

What was the most challenging project or situation you've overcome?

My own sense of doubt and imposter syndrome. Even if you do this work daily, you still have inner battles.

You finish work today and step outside the office to find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?

Pay off my home, travel and finish putting kids through school. I would also put our orphan through school and help 2-3 charitable causes close to heart.

How do you switch off after a day at work?

Hmm, not easy as I do have several things on the go but usually, a good book and a coffee, a walk or exercise.

If you had one wish for the future of your industry, what would it be?

For coaches to be more authentic.

What book or podcast should everyone know about?

How should people connect with you?

I genuinely care for others and want to see them succeed and find a sense of contentment in their lives. Whenever possible, I try to help. I have a good sense of humour, a big heart and I aim to be a role model, not a role player.

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