Transforming Followers Into Believers For Sustainable Growth

By Hyma Pillay|19-05-2014 | 1 Min Read

With more than 20 years experience in human capital management in several multinational companies, it is no surprise that chief human capital officer of Telekom Malaysia Datuk Mohd Khalis Abdul Rahim has been selected as one of the speakers for the upcoming Asia HRD Congress in June.

Khalis has received a number of outstanding awards, among them being:

• Chief human resource officer of the year at the 21st Global HR Excellence Awards in February 2013

• HR leadership award at the 21st Global HR Excellence Awards in February 2013

• Recognition for contribution to the HR community at the Asia HRD Congress Awards 2008

At the Asia HRD Congress, he will be speaking on “Transforming Followers into Believers for Sustainable Growth”. We asked him to elaborate on the topic:

Q: In your opinion, why is there a need to transform followers into believers for sustainable growth?

A: Often times, the cliche goes like “leaders cannot exist without followers, nor can followers exist without leaders”. These two seemingly linked groups have led to many intellectual discourses and leadership surveys around them globally. The outcomes from these have ccommonly reinforced their interdependence

Good leadership is key in sustaining business performance. The question that bears on us today is this – “Are our followers also believers in our leadership?”. The truth of the matter will determine if our followers will continue to believe in the vision when the leaders move on. Hence, the paradigm shift now must happen from building followers to finding believers in leadership for sustainable growth.
Khalis will be speaking at the Asia HRD Congress from June 9 to June 10 at the Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur. For more information, visit, or please call Kim at + 603 22969199 or email


The Asia HRD Congress will be in Kuala Lumpur from June 9 to June 10. The congress is set to feature international and regional thought leaders, including the following:

Dr Marshall Goldsmith

One of the Top 10 most-Influential business thinkers in the world and top-ranked executive coach at the 2013 biennial Thinkers50 ceremony in London, founding partner, The Marshall Goldsmith Group, the United States

Shahid Malik

Former UK government minister and member of parliament, the UK

Lorraine Hahn

Former CNN and CNBC presenter, Hong Kong

Jun Maria Tan Abdullah

General manager, Human resources and administration LeapEd Services Sdn Bhd.

Shankar Nagalingam

Human resources director, South Asia and ANZ, Dell, Malaysia

Tunku Alizakri Raja Muhammad Alias

Deputy chief executive officer of planning and strategy management division, the Employees Provident Fund

Tan Sri Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani

Sarawak state secretary

Dr Santrupt B. Misra

CEO, Carbon Black Business & director, group HR, Aditya Birla Management Corp, India

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Hyma is a Special Education Teacher who is passionate about making an impact on the lives of children through education. Her hopes is to save the world, one child at a time. She was previously part of the Editorial team at
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