The Day Things Change

Areije Al Shakar (Kauffman Fellows Class 24), Director and Fund Manager, Al Waha Fund

Could I still be considered the same pillar of strength during this time of sudden and complicated crisis?

But how often do we actually examine what ‘change’ means to the long-term viability of relationships or companies?

Fadi Ghandour (Managing Partner at Wamda Capital) and Areije Al Shakar (Kauffman Fellows Class 24)

For anyone to lead a team through calamity, she repeated, it’s essential to have self-awareness and self-regulation. As the ‘captain’ of the ship, people will look to the leader for direction and as a way to anchor themselves.

Class 24 Kauffman Fellows (from left to right): Rabeel Warraich, Areije Al Shakar, Shane Shin, Jehan Chu

“Resilience does not mean that people don’t fall apart. It means you can fall apart but then pick yourself up and show up for yourself and others.”

This did not make me any less resilient. It made me human. My ability to still show up despite all of the pain and sorrow is my superpower. And it can easily be others’ superpower if they let it be.

He frequently reminds me about how life is about constantly realigning priorities and defining where you are at. As humans, we talk about things we do as sacrifices, but in reality, the ability to be able to support someone through a crisis is truly a blessing.

Knowing what you want is part of the process of self-awareness. If you are not where you want to be, you will not be able to thrive and succeed.

Leaders show resilience, empathy, optimism, and emotional intelligence. To truly thrive is to possess the ability to understand yourself and your abilities (yes, even your downsides) with clarity so that you can face what is ahead, even when things are unclear and unpredictable.

Areije Al Shakar (center) with Al Waha Fund colleagues

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