Dr. Yahya Shakweh CDir
Vice President, Advanced Electronics Company
“My favourite thing is the sense of belonging to a strong community of business leaders; a community of strong leaders empowered to influence the business landscape in the UK and beyond.”
What was the main challenge you experienced as a business leader before joining the IoD?
"Prior to joining the IoD, it was challenging to respond to multi-disciplinary requirements that today’s management requires."
What have you found as a result of being an IoD member?
"Having joined the IoD, I have managed to acquire different perspectives to management and build new skills and competencies. Thanks to the availability of a credible learning platform for personal professional development and a strong professional network of like-minded highly diversified business leaders from across all industries."
How long have you been a member of the IoD?
"I joined the IoD in 2000, and have been a loyal member ever since."
What is your favourite thing about being part of the IoD community?
"My favourite thing is the sense of belonging to a strong community of business leaders; a community of strong
leaders empowered to influence the business landscape in the UK and beyond. This resulted in increased self-confidence and self-belief in my knowledge and competencies as a practicing business leader. As a regular contributor to the IoD blog, I particularly enjoy sharing my perspectives and experience with fellow directors on strategy and governance."
“I am particularly proud of my recent accomplishment of becoming a Chartered Director.”
What are three other benefits you’ve enjoyed as a result of being a member?
"Throughout my membership, I have enjoyed several other benefits, including access to the IoD London offices and airport lounges, keeping up to date with emerging issues affecting business such as BREXIT, cyber security and the knowledge that I have access to independent unbiased professional expert advice."
How does being a member of the IoD help you succeed in your career?
"By and large, the IoD has widened my horizons of business environment and enhanced my knowledge in key areas such as roles of company directors, high performance board, corporate governance, strategy, and leadership. My interaction with fellow colleagues have also provided me with ample of opportunities to leverage my professional network to good effect and benefit from new learning opportunities. I am particularly proud of my recent accomplishment of becoming a Chartered Director."
“The IoD has widened my horizons of business environment and enhanced my knowledge in key areas.”
How has the IoD changed for the better?
"The IoD has certainly evolved during recent years by leveraging what the digital revolution has to offer and
reaching out to it wider audience through different platforms, including social media. The recent update of the IoD website has made interaction with the IoD much better and the introduction of Director Competency Framework and the anticipated IoD Academy are all excellent changes to the better."
What does being a business leader mean to you?
"I am a strong believer that a business leader is someone who leads his business as a role model, ethically and professionally. It is someone who possesses the clarity of vision, drive and determination to make things happen whilst developing the next generation of leaders."
What would you say to anyone considering becoming a member and would you recommend it?
"I have always promoted the IoD to fellow colleagues as joining the IoD is a win-win proposition. As far as I’m concerned joining such a professional institution can be interesting and a rewarding discovery journey. My advice here for anyone who wishes to join is to reflect on his or her motivation and the expected desired benefits. The real value can only be harnessed if members are clear on their priorities through their personal engagement and continuous participation."
If you could give one piece of advice to fellow directors, what would it be and why?
"On a general note, I would state that the IoD is a platform for a ‘business leader’ community whose value is shaped and determined by its active members. It is up to us to make it the institution we want it to be. Sitting on the fringes and complaining about the state of business does not help. The onus is upon us all to make the difference by becoming part of this great community to make the future we desire."