Guest Speaker Session by Arslan Muhammad Naukhez, Head SAP Siemens Pakistan

The inspirational and charismatic Mr. Arslan Naukhez bestowed the leadership class at IoBM with his presence by holding an engaging session with the students that touched upon the key learnings from his extensive corporate experience.

Starting his career in 1988 with Siemens, Mr. Naukhez has tested his merit in a variety of roles in the organization and emerged triumphant with several challenges that he taken during the course of his celebrated career. Discussing the concept of ethics in leadership, the speaker shed light on the fundamental significance of family as an institution for internalizing values. The family is a child’s first exposure to the notion of right and wrong and what is learnt during that period is something that is also carried forward into one’s professional life. These values in itself also contribute to a leader’s display of integrity while crossing the many hurdles that life may bring.

The key learning here is to remain strong on what one holds as their values, beliefs and ultimately secure your integrity amongst factors that may challenge it. In a workplace setting, individuals are faced with the dilemma of taking up the values of their manager or holding their own. However, as Mr. Naukhez discussed, legendary leaders and visionaries such as Mandela and Gandhi were ones who stood by their vision and beliefs amidst a plethora of hurdles that challenged what they felt was right.

Touching upon his toughest experience as a professional, Mr. Naukhez recalled the drastic downsizing which took place at Siemens and how he ensured that the company continued to stand its ground during those times. The ultimate takeaway from the session was associated with getting first hand insight into the vision of ethical leaders and how organizations can strive to systematically develop their moral compass which is something that always comes from the senior management.

The leadership class at IoBM would like to thank Mr. Naukhez for sharing such insightful experiences with the members of the student body which will certainly help them in their professional life.

13 Responses to Guest Speaker Session by Arslan Muhammad Naukhez, Head SAP Siemens Pakistan

  1. Sarah fatima says:

    A great session by a great person.. he shared his views about leadership and his experiences. What I learnt from his experiences was that a leader arises from the challenges… from a situation around him … if he tackles a difficult situation smartly he is a leader… for a leader it’s not necessary to please everone infact a leader becomes only when some people get unpleasant with him… a leaders task is not to please everyone in fact his task is to stay firm on his ethical views like Mr Aslan did when a girl from iobm sued him claiming he fired her unethically… when the judge asked him he said that he did not fired her but the company was ending that project so all people along with her were fired so he won the case… when a leader sticks to his ethical views at the end the results favor him

  2. Saad Altaf says:

    Mr. Arsalan believes that every person in some capacity is a leader as he or she acts like one in different situations. Regarding ethics, he believed that although it is difficult to change an unethical culture that prevails in the society, but one can always try their level best to avoid getting into unethical activities. Also ethical values are learnt in a very early stage of life that results in shaping ones character.

  3. Hassan says:

    The session taught me that hard work is something which leads to success. Home is where person develops his/her basic values which create great impact on the society. One must tackle all difficult situations rather than accepting them and getting adapted to it. As a leader one needs to look at bigger bigger picture to solve problems!


    Great session, few thing which I learned in a session was that everyone is a born leader and at ethics are descend from top to bottom.

  5. Faiza Ansari says:

    Mr Arsalan’s session was focused on ethical leadership, he was of the opinion that the word ethical is very rare in a Pakistani culture, however he also said that although the concept of ethical leadership is difficult to practice but not impossible, he gave an example of Siemons Pakistan which has achieved high top line and bottom line values without practicing any unethical practices, he says that Siemons has zero tolerance for non compliance. He says that It was because of the ethical values practiced at Siemons that he has remained associated with the said company for over 28 years and is still with it.

  6. Blogging :) says:

    Mr. Arsalan shared his views about Leader and his ethics. He started with the statement that everyone is a leader and amongst us anyone can now write 200-300 pages on leadership. We act as a leader in different aspects and situations, We assume and foresee those situations and amongst us, one will come upfront and act as a leader , basic ingredients of a leader remains the same. To lead any organisation, you need some type of a leader and you should have a confident but it matters that how one is shaped and groomed?
    One word is added to the leadership is ethics.. which is new in Pakistan as many of them have property, money rather than ethics. He gave the example of Mr. Hassan Nisar as when he was on position, he saw there is a shortage of just Rs. 20 and discussion began on that as where those Rs. 20 gone? Now that’s ethics of a leader.
    Ethics of a person starts at home, how one learn from parents, Internal ethical structure is developed and you come across to the definitions of different issues as you grow up, It also sharpens at education level but when you enter in a professional market, here everyone is cruel and then comes the standards of personality as where you are standing and how you respond to any if these situations, It is a battle within yourself and the level of integrity which is developed at home at education level and after that how you behave and go along.
    Then he shared that when you enter into a new part of life then you see that whether your beliefs are right or of that organisation?
    There is always a positive influence as ell as negative influence, it depends.
    Then he explained that roles can vary, there are some introverts leaders and some extroverts too. everyone has positive values and negative too, now it depends which things you ficus and practise, either negative or positive? Do you really belive on your integrity? Do you believe in ethics?
    Leader is no a person who can be popular, its not necessary that a leader is one who is popular only. He said that a person do not know the secret of success but he knows how to deal with situations then he will be going far too, But the bitter truth is that it is also not possible for a leader to keep all happy, If he keeps all happy then he is not a leader. There are a lot of people in Pakistan too, who have done tremendous work, the thing is that when opportunity comes you have to grab it, just like when a hockey ball comes to you, you have to strike.
    The great thing was he is in Siemens since 19 years. 29 years to a single company was something surprising and he said that he met with much diverse people there so why he should leave this company.
    He elaborated his life that in 2012-13, Siemens was doing restructuring, 1st of all downsizing, separate policies for whit color and black color employees to allow them salaries, he had to release 75% of employees, and he did without a single day of notice, threat and strike because people knew he started Siemens 1998, everyone knew that he was amongst us, so he is saying something which we should learn and think that it is in our benefit, That period was really tough of his life.
    At the end he said that to have a check and balance, use compliance card and scorecard to see who is standing where.
    I would like to thanks Mr. Arsalan for sharing his amazing views and providing something for us to learn. Thank you so much.

  7. Mahrooh says:

    Rightly said that ethics depends upon values inherited in us through family and friends. Defining ethics or more specifically code of conduct is not a difficult task if one stands firmly on his beliefs and values, and have a sense integrity. In a corporate world, ethical culture and values comes from the top management. It indicates that whenever an unethical situation will occur top management has to be answerable to it. Besides this, tolerating unethical practices is the first step in the development and promotion of unethical culture and hence such tolerance should be decreased.

  8. aisha556 says:

    Mr Arsalan session focus on ethical leadership. According to him managers are leaders and leaders are managers and everyone should understand that he or she is a born leader. Ethical is a word according to him not followed in Pakistan. He further said your first nursery is your home. Basic ethics you learn what you see at home or learn and observe at home and how much you hold down on ethics depends on you. If you have leadership in your hands you can do positive and negative both for your ambition, you’ve one life one world and there are amplex of opportunities.Both introverts and extrovert are leaders. He further said for a leader it is not necessary to be a popular person. leaders life has no purpose. he too said in 2005 Siemens faced big loss in which president at that time was fired though he was not involved in any misleading, and score card was launched after the incident in Siemens. According to him culture in any organization starts and followed from the top whether its ethical or unethical. He also said create business from technology not from bribery. and Siemens wa sthe first to buy SAP from SAP. Thus he is associated with Siemens because of its great ethical values for over 28 years and still counting.

  9. Kubra Fatima says:

    Really enjoyed the session and the learnings that came with his personal experiences at Siemens as well as the values and teachings he earned from his family. It indeed are the family values which play a pivotal role in the formation of a personality. How those values helped him in nurturing successful career and helped him to keep his composure in the tough times is very inspirational.

  10. toobasohail says:

    Mr. Arsalan focused on Ethical leadership. He explained in his session that ethics about what is right and what is wrong, all are taught to a person or a child in his childhood by family. A person learn his values in his childhood only. These values he carried himself in his professional world as well that are build by family. The important lesson that i learnt from him is to be strong and be confident on your beliefs and values that you hold and strongly face challenges.He also advised us not to tolerate any unethical behavior within an organization.He shared his views that provides us fruitful knowledge.

    • Elouise says:

      Oui, il envoie du lourd mais déjà un paquet de coup droits out ou dans le filet. C’est son nombre de fautes qui va déterminer le sort du match. L’avantage c’est qu’il a le temps de s&1g8#7;or2aniser pour frapper. Il peut gagner..

  11. annie fatima says:

    the session was very meaningful in terms of learning that mr Arsalan broke the stereotype that professional world is full of non ethical activities but he told us how he remain ethical in his long successful career and he told us how a leader uses his moral values that has been given to him by his family and his parents and how he took the most challenging function of any organization that is firing someone and he did to hundreds but no one could claim because of his integrity and truthfulness

  12. Asad Charania says:

    The session emphasized on the ethical practices of the individuals that reflects into their persona and professional life. This always leads to become successful in the career and life without compromising the competitiveness of the individual.

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