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The Need for a Transformational Mindset

Imad Adileh
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Upcoming changes in Saudi Arabia are set to challenge traditional business models and mindsets. With 2030 only eight years away, the rapid changes being implemented as part of the national transformation program are only set to increase in pace and magnitude.

Under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia is set to achieve its goals of becoming a diversified economy, with a more prominent role in the global marketplace. However, to achieve these goals, businesses and their leaders will need to change the way they operate. With new infrastructural developments, higher rates of privatization and the digitization of many industries, business leaders who are slow to embrace change and adapt their thinking will find themselves struggling to keep up. To succeed in the new Saudi Arabia, business leaders must develop a transformational mindset.

What Is A Transformational Mindset?

A transformational mindset is one that embraces change and sees it as an opportunity for growth. It’s about being open to new ideas, having a willingness to experiment, and the continuous pursuit of ways to improve. This type of thinking is essential in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing business landscape.

To have a transformational mindset, leaders must be able to think outside the box and see problems as opportunities. They must be able to take risks and be comfortable with failure. They must also be able to inspire and motivate their team to buy into their vision and work hard to turn it into a reality. Transformational leaders are often described as “change agents” — they’re the ones who are always looking for ways to progress, and willing to take risks to make change happen.

With Change Comes Opportunity

The changes taking place in Saudi Arabia offer a huge prospect for businesses to grow and expand. With the shift away from a heavy reliance on the public sector economy, there will be more chances for businesses to get involved in major projects. The Saudi government is directing almost $1 trillion into city development and mega construction projects, and many of these will be completed through public-private partnerships. For businesses that can offer their expertise and services, this presents a major opportunity to get involved in some of the most exciting developments taking place in the Kingdom.

Reforms to the kafala (sponsorship) system may initially intimidate businesses, but they will ultimately allow companies to attract top global talent. By granting greater flexibility to foreign workers, Saudi Arabia will become a more attractive destination for the best and brightest. This will lead to a more skilled and diverse workforce, which will benefit businesses in the long run.

And with the push for Saudization, there is also an excellent opportunity for businesses to invest in the development of Saudi talent. By providing training and development programs, businesses can help shape the next generation of Saudi leaders.

Saudi's young and growing population is also fuelling demand for more digital services, and this will provide another way for businesses to grow and tap into new markets. With the digitization of many industries, there will be a need for businesses that can provide reliable and efficient digital solutions. While this may pose an initial challenge for businesses, it also presents a means of getting ahead of the competition.

Business leaders must not only be willing to transform their business operations, but they also need to transform the way they think about challenges. With the right mindset, leaders can overcome the inevitable growing pains that accompany any period of change and emerge stronger than ever before.