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The Unknown Leader

The Unknown Leader

Discover the Leader in You

Sheikh Hussein A Al-Banawi


This book celebrates the unknown leaders among us, analyzing what makes a great leader and providing insights and ideas for those who aspire to join the next generation of leaders.

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About the book

Our world has many obvious leaders: captains of industry, high-achieving academics, CEOs, statesmen, champion athletes. But we also depend on leaders whose work is usually not so visible. They are all around us, filling crucial roles at every level of society, in all kinds of organizations and in our communities, enriching the lives of those around them and making the world a better place.
The Unknown Leader celebrates these leaders among us and invites you to join them. Hussein A. Al-Banawi shares the inspiring stories of some of today's Unknown Leaders and shows how they discovered their hidden talents through hard work, reflection and continual learning. He also recounts his own lifelong journey toward leadership and the invaluable lessons he gained from unusual friendships, daunting challenges, tough decisions, victories and defeats. And Al-Banawi explains the six crucial qualities every aspiring leader must develop, with specific advice about how to enhance these qualities in yourself.
Whether you are a student, a mid-career professional, an entrepreneur, or anyone seeking a richer and fulfilling life, The Unknown Leader will be a powerful guide and companion in your own lifelong journey.

Table Of Contents

  • Section - ONE: Responding to your personal leadership challenge;
    • Chapter - 01: Discovering the Unknown Leader;
    • Chapter - 02: What’s your story? Beginning your journey of self-discovery;
    • Chapter - 03: The art of reflection, and other keys for the journey;
    • Chapter - 04: The six qualities of a true leader;
    • Chapter - 05: Don’t hold back! Engaging with the world;
    • Chapter - 06: Faith: the shelter of the mind;
  • Section - TWO: Developing leadership in motion;
    • Chapter - 07: The making of a global leader;
    • Chapter - 08: The art of nurturing leaders;
    • Chapter - 09: The mind knows no gender: the emerging promise of female leadership;
    • Chapter - 10: The challenge of the Arab Spring: toward a vibrant, entrepreneurial Middle East


The Unknown Leader is full of lots of practical advice and many compelling examples, making it a good guide to an alternative philosophy on effective leadership.
Director Magazine

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749465728
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd September 2012
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 233x156
  • 280 pages

About the Author

Hussein A. Al-Banawi is Chairman and CEO of The Banawi Industrial Group (B.I.G.), one of the leading manufacturing groups in Saudi Arabia. He is an inspirational leader dedicated to help the next set of enterprise leaders in the Arab World. He is Founder of the Chair in Islamic Economics, Finance and Management at Rice University in Houston, Texas and also serves on the board of various civic organizations. Al-Banawi is also a founding member of The John D Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement.

Sheikh Hussein A Al-Banawi