Salar Khan shows his exceptional skills in writing and engaging his readers through his engrossing and illuminating masterpiece. The author’s courage in creating the book, Shaping the Future of Global Leadership: Finding a Peaceful Solution was exemplary, while the book itself was exceptional and brave in discussing the inadequacies of the existing leadership system. The incompetent, the corrupt, and the unscrupulous leaders are harming the world and the welfare of their people and destroying the peace that people have been fighting for years. Salar Khan provides the most peaceful, reasonable, and practicable approach while merging his religion, perspectives, observations, and thoughts that he has accumulated over the years in order to bring about world peace and progress.
Shaping the Future of Global Leadership: Finding a Peaceful Solution is Salar Khan’s third published book. His other books, Am I Burned Out at Work?: A Self-Care Solution and Unlocking the Natural-Born Leader’s Abilities: An Autobiographical Exposé, were also as good as this one as their motives are somewhat connected, which are to hone us to be better leaders, create solutions for a peaceful world, and also reduce the problems that make our mind unstable. Dr. Salar Ahmed Khan is a physician who has worked in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States as a pulmonologist, chief of medicine, interim director of medical services, interim hospital director, associate professor of medicine, surgical assistant, research administration portfolio manager, merit grant administrator, and others. Since 2009, he has served as the director of research compliance in Chicago. His history, achievements, and credentials were all as remarkable as his literary ability.
What distinguishes this book from other similar books?
This political science book explores how to find and train global leaders who will help create a more peaceful and just world. No other similar book suggests ground-breaking solutions on how to train world leaders for the betterment of the world. I review the failures of the current leadership system and present ideas for creating a new, independent global leadership organization (IGLO) that will generate standards for best practices and accountability for any wrongdoing among leaders. I demonstrate how this organization creates a system by which global leaders must undergo a thorough mental evaluation, personality and values development, and basic knowledge before engaging in the election process. In addition, I propose a screening tool identifying global leaders with the highest chance of functioning well in making high-level decisions that impact the course of nations.
Shaping the Future of Global Leadership demonstrates that by identifying and training the right leaders, we can work together to make the world a better place to live in, one in which society is more harmonized and regulated.
Who or what convinced you to write this book?
I decided to write this book due to incompetent leaders in the world, creating conflict and disputes to provoke war. Leaders have come and gone, but few can be considered exemplary. War, destruction, and political corruption run rampant in the world. A wake-up call is needed to tackle the increasing polarization among nations from various unresolved conflicts. Leaders with sound morals and character must rise. In Shaping the Future of Global Leadership, I explore how to develop the mindset of a leader and train and select these people to create a more peaceful and just world.
What is your biggest accomplishment in life?
I have discovered that my hidden talent leads to innovative leadership & clinical intuition, solving complex problems through efficient and thorough analysis to create a better world.
As an expert, I have discovered my hidden intuition (inner sense) related to my clinical work as a Consulting Physician, Pulmonologist, Psychiatrist, and Associate Professor of Medicine. I have also garnered leadership intuition as Chief of Medicine, Director of Medical Services, Hospital Director, CEO, and Research Compliance Director while working nationally and internationally, such as in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the USA. Before becoming an RCO, I held various positions at JBVAMC between 2000 and 2009. I served as a Medical Administration Specialist, VA Merit Review Grant Administrator, and the Acting Director Westside Institute for Science and Education. I was an Operating Room Buyer and Materials Management at Michael Reese Hospital, Acting Supervisor, and Central Processing /Materials Management/Surgical Assistant at Edgewater Medical Center between 1996 and 2000. As an Associate Professor of Medicine, I taught one hundred medical students in their final year, fifty dental college students, and saw in-patients and out-patients at Baqai Medical University and Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan, from 1993 to 1994. Before, I worked as an Attending Internal Medicine, Psychiatrist, Pulmonologist, Chief of Medicine, Chief of Staff, and Hospital Director at Al-Midhnab General Hospital, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia. During my tenure from 1988 to 1993, I treated over 65,650 patients, managed day-to-day administrative activities & supervised 350 medical/paramedical staff, performed clinical duties, worked in the academic/clinical/research arena, supervised funds, confidential files, quality management & budget development, acted as chairman of various hospital committees, and directly collaborated & built consensus with the diverse individuals of the Board of Directors. Between 1985 and 1987, I was an Attending Physician at Karachi Psychiatry Hospital in Nazimabad, Karachi, Pakistan. I oversaw psychiatric wards, examined & managed patients with psychiatric illnesses, and treated over 9,000 patients. Between 1980 and 1984, I treated approximately 18,000 patients during my medical, urology, general surgery, and neurology residencies and as a primary care physician at various popular clinics. I gained patient management experience to improve observation to learn prompt, on-the-spot diagnoses for establishing a solid foundation for future clinical intuition.
After reading a fictional novel in high school, I developed a desire to write books in the future. Even though I did not possess the essential tools to write any book, I started training my mind to increase focus and attention to analyze information. I trained my brain to improve the critical thinking process to develop a pattern of various approaches to see things in a wider spectrum. This has led me to unfold my intellectual dimension, which helps me find innovative solutions for complex issues by correcting at the foundational level to get a permanent solution with a higher success rate. Through my books, I aim to highlight the importance of intuition, insightfulness, self-confidence, intrinsic motivation: path to pleasure and happiness, integrity: unlocking trust, communication: the importance of listening and observation, sacrifice, patience and composure, open-mindedness, courage, compassion, and optimism. Thus far, I have written and published three books. Unlocking the Natural-Born Leader’s Abilities: An Autobiographical Exposé (2017), a book designed to provide a perspective on leadership, where a reader can learn to lead from experience and overcome hurdles. I also explore the subject of self-improvement through Am I Burned Out at Work? A Self Care Solution (2019), which offers an informed opinion on the causes of burnout and presents solutions people can implement in their lives with some practice and attention. Shaping the Future of Global Leadership: Finding A Peaceful Solution (2020) is a political science book that explores how to find and train global leaders to create a more peaceful and just world. I am currently writing my 4th book, Cultivation of Global Leadership Mind-skillsets: A Unique Training Manuals. This book will serve as a lucid inspiring guide to cultivating a global leadership mindset—a skillset training program to manage peace on earth by making the world a better place for everyone.
As a highly accomplished individual, I have learned and mastered the concept of intuition through the years. Though an abstract concept, I define it as an instinct that is subconsciously developed through the various experiences one undergoes in life. As a physician, I developed clinical institutions from my diverse experience. I explain it as the art of integrating nonverbal information that a patient presents with to reach a diagnosis, reducing the need for diagnostic testing. I use it to avoid invasive & costly procedures by making accurate on-the-spot diagnoses and treating the patient conservatively with pharmacotherapy & lifestyle changes before considering a more aggressive treatment. I believe that along with other skills, clinical intuition, in part, can help to realize the ideal of holistic patient care. Through my numerous leadership roles, I have also evolved my leadership intuition. I praise my self-confidence, ascertainment of risks, understanding of situations, and decision-making skills that have aided me to expand my leadership intuition. As I describe in my books, self-confidence is an integral skill of an effective leader. Self-confidence not only includes the ability to make prompt decisions but also problem-solving and how to make corrections. My experiences in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the USA have molded my ability to make life-altering decisions with great precision and self-confidence. My tenure at the JBVAMC has further ameliorated My leadership skills.
If you’re given a chance to travel back in time, what would you change and why?
This is a good question. If I will get a chance to come back on earth again, I will focus on one thing to change and that is our leaders’ mindsets and to change their culture of making money, corruption, creating disputes and conflicts among nations to create wars either that means real war and cold war means fighting their way through other countries by providing sales of war equipment including nuke, biological, chemical weapons to kill each other and keep war away from their borders so that they can protect themselves and other countries will suffer. I will work on leadership mindsets for individuals to be honest, sincere, and selfless leaders for their people. No war, no dispute, no conflicts, no corruption. They will all be able to run the government in a smooth way to maintain respect with each country’s presidents or prime ministers to keep peace and eliminate poverty. My understanding is that leaders are the main source of our world issues. Therefore, I will provide better training, education, and an accountability system to implement these standards and meet my goal. I am trying to do all these in this life in the form of my 4th book, “Cultivation of Global Leadership Mind-skillsets: A Unique Training Manuals“. This book will serve as a lucid inspiring guide to cultivating a global leadership mindset which is a skillset training program to manage peace on earth by making the world a better place for everyone. If I fail during this life, then if I could travel back in time, I would complete this mission to discipline our global leaders to behave humanely with no corruption and no wars forever.
Are you currently working on or intending to write another book? If so, what is it about?
Currently, I am writing my 4th book, Cultivation of Global Leadership Mind-skillsets: A Unique Training Manuals. It is a book that will serve as a lucid inspiring guide to cultivate a global leadership mindset, a skillset training program to manage peace on earth by making the world a better place for all people.
Out of all the places you have been before, what place do you consider to be the most memorable?
My most memorable place working was as an Attending Internal Medicine, Psychiatrist, Pulmonologist, Chief of Medicine, Chief of Staff, and Hospital Director from Al-Midhnab General Hospital, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia. It was my first job working outside Pakistan to treat and manage patients speaking Arabic which I couldn’t speak at all. But within 6 weeks, I was able to communicate with patients in three months with fluency.
It was a great challenge for me to work simultaneously, holding various administrative and clinical positions due to my hard work and high efficiency in doing my job with my organization skills and excellent time management in dealing with hospital deadlines related to the ministry of health Saudi Arabia. I got promoted to work in various administrative positions. It was a memorable time because I was able to find at least ten of my hidden talents as a physician and also in my hospital leadership role. It was during my tenure from 1988 to 1993 that I treated over 65,650 patients, managed day-to-day administrative activities & supervised 350 medical/paramedical staff, performed clinical duties, worked in the academic/clinical/research arena, supervised funds, confidential files, quality management & budget development, acted as chairman of various hospital committees, and directly collaborated & built consensus with the diverse individuals of the Board of Directors. This exposure gave me strong confidence and faith in my own abilities and clarity of mind, leading to making good decisions with a high success rate to develop my leadership intuition.
What impact did the Indo-Pakistani Wars of 1965 and 1971 have on your childhood?
Who am I, and where did I come from? My parents migrated from India to Pakistan in 1947, immediately after India obtained independence from the United Kingdom (Great Britain) as two separate nations: India and Pakistan. My parents lived in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. The frequent Hindu-Muslim communal riots forced my parents and thousands of others to migrate from India to the newly created country of Pakistan. I was born on July 1, 1954, in Karachi, Pakistan, and was raised therein. I had a total of eleven brothers and sisters, and I was the eighth born. Unfortunately, six of my siblings passed away by the age of four due to global health issues at the time. Things did not get easier.
In 1965 and 1971, an Indian airplane came to attack and bombed Karachi. Several bombs were dropped within 150 feet radius. Luckily, none of these bombs exploded. All of our family and neighbors hid in the trench in the open area behind our house. These were incredibly frightening moments in my life. At a young age, facing terrible situations like these causes too much stress and psychological trauma. These events created some fear and uncertainty in life. But I remember my parents were very sensible and very positive that soon things could be better and tried to encourage all my brothers and sisters to relax and be calm, to focus on other things instead and not about the war. It was good that there were no radios or TVs or telephones available during those days for the majority of people. The only form of media was newspapers, used to get and spread information about the war. Therefore, we all as family members were able to manage war stress. Later in life, I realized that after 1971, there were so many wars around the globe and too much destruction but we could not do much because it was the duty of world leaders to make significant actions. But since 2016, my focus has shifted about the leadership of the world. They are not doing as well as they are supposed to. As a physician, I believe that prevention is better than cure. Therefore, I wish to improve global leaders — the best people to try to prevent wars among nations. War should never be the first option, to prevent the death and disabilities of millions. In war, no one ever really wins except those ready to kill, disable, ruin homes, and destroy businesses.
What are your intentions or goals that you want your readers to achieve after reading this book?
Each day, the world appears to be approaching World War III, especially if our current conflicts continue unabated. Superpowers are divided, and various groups are vying for economic superiority. We have only a few good, honest leaders around the globe, but the overwhelming majority are cruel or incompetent. They have failed to resolve conflicts, have made the conflicts worse, and have failed to achieve world peace. We need to stop these leaders to prevent wars and encourage better governance. The impasse at the United Nations often results from the use of the veto, which leads to stagnation of the implementation of justice around the world because each country focuses on its own agenda. New guidelines could make global leaders more efficient. Accountability is paramount. Accountability must occur through an understanding of God or an awareness of a universal organizing principle that exists in the world. Leaders should be ashamed for causing chaos since we are a product of nature. When everything is so ordered, why should we be different?
These leaders must have a strong belief that we will be held accountable in this world or beyond. Many do not believe in life after death, but no one has died and come back to describe the experience. When these leaders are on their deathbeds, their souls should be able to cast judgment that they acted with justice. In my experience as a Muslim, I have seen how God helps people in the pursuit of happiness and good deeds.
Can you tell us about a dismal or dreadful time in your life and how you overcame it so that people can draw inspiration from it?
I do not recall any dismal or dreadful time in my life.
What role did your family have in shaping you into the person you are today?
I expounded my belief that leadership begins in childhood with parental guidance through such methods as storytelling and will develop over the course of one’s life. He believes that a natural-born leader should have an appreciation and understanding of as many perspectives and disciplines as possible. They should recognize and develop intuition, which they would use in the medical field to interpret nonverbal cues from their patients. A basic store of knowledge builds insightfulness and reinforces intuition, a process that leads to self-confidence. NBLs actually want to lead and will take on that role without being asked. This, in turn, will cause others to look up to the NBL, and that admiration will be enhanced by the leader’s capacity to communicate effectively at any level. NBLs don’t need any particular incentive to fulfill their role: “Power, money, beauty, and health will not lead to happiness on their own.”
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