Leadership Qualities of Prophet Muhammad
The leadership qualities I find most admirable were his humility, his recognition of talent, and his ability to think counter-intuitive, or ?outside the box,? as the current clich?ould have it. When the Prophet received his first revelation, he trembled with fear. He was fully aware of the awesome responsibility. So fearful was he that he could confide only to his wife Khatijah. In an era where females generally and wives in particular were mere chattels of men, that he took her in confidence was remarkable. It reflected his inner strength and confidence in judgment, regardless of the prevailing norms. He trusted and respected his wife, a rare trait in that time and place. It also reflected his deep humility. Lesser mortals who thought they had been chosen by God would undoubtedly proclaim that fact loudly for the world to hear, a la George Bush, Jr., or Pat Robertson. True to his humility, he preached initially only to his close family and friends. He was fully aware that his message would literally turn his society upside down, transforming it for the better. He risked dividing his community in the process. He had no desire to destroy his community in order to save it, to use a Vietnam-era maxim. Today?s leaders would do well to emulate the Prophet?s appreciation and recognition of talent ? meritocracy in its pristine form. His closest companions, later to be Caliphs, were truly worthy of the appellation, Radhi Allah anHu (May Allah Be Pleased with Them). Recognizing the beautiful voice of the hitherto slave, Bilal, the Prophet made him call the Azzan, a singular honor. The Azzan, beautifully executed, gives me goose bumps; simply hollered, it grates on the ears. In the early days of his mission, to spare his followers persecution, he arranged for them to migrate to Abyssinia for their safety. That was uppermost in his mind, a true leader. In a pivotal battle at Taif when he had the enemy under siege, he could have easily annihilated them especially considering that they had been brutal to him years earlier. Instead, listening to the counsel of his lieutenant about the fox cornered in a hole, he left them alone. You could smoke out the animal and destroy it, or you could leave it alone and it would do you no harm. The people of Taif later embraced Islam on their own volition. The Prophet intuitively recognized that in fighting for your cause, first create no new adversaries. A simple lesson, but difficult to learn. This is a lesson the world desperately needs to learn in battling terrorism. The Prophet (P) may have received the blessings and revelations from Allah, but he was not above listening to advice from his young subordinates. In preaching, the Prophet was careful in ensuring that his followers memorized only the divine revelations, not his commentaries. He forbade what would be considered today as a personality cult. Had he not done so, every Muslim home would be adorned with his portrait, cities named after him, and statues erected in his honor. For added measure, Muslims would be sporting amulets bearing his name or likeness for protection and good luck charms. The tradition of recording his actions and sayings (seerah) began long after his death. Bukhari, whose collections of hadith were deemed most authentic, was not even born till about 200 years after the prophet?s death. It is more correct to say that the hadith are what one man ? Bukhari ? deemed to be what the Prophet s.a.w. purportedly said, rather than what he actually said. The only authentic ones are those recorded in the Quran, the hadith qudsi. The Prophet was no ordinary mortal, but a mortal nonetheless. At the theological level, this means Muslims do not believe in the re-incarnation or the second coming. At the practical level, that too has significance. While Muslims duly and properly praise the prophet, we are careful not to deify the person or attribute perfection. Perfection is after all solely the...
...Effective Leadership principles of ProphetMuhammad (s)
Author: Muhammad W. Khan
It is a well-known fact that the Prophet of Islam (saw) was the supremely successful man in the entire human history. But he was not just a hero, as Thomas Carlyle has called him. According to the Qur’an, he was the best example for all mankind. He has shown us the way of achieving supreme success in this world. By studying the life of the Prophet (saw), we can derive those important principles which were followed by the Prophet (saw). Indeed, the Prophet of Islam (saw) was a positive thinker in the full sense of the word. All his activities were result-oriented. He completely refrained from all such steps as may prove counter-productive.
First Principle: To begin from the possible
This principle is well explained in a saying of Aishah. She said: “Whenever the Prophet had to choose between two options, he always opted for the easier choice.” (Al-Bukhari) To choose the easiest option means to begin from the possible, and one who begins from the possible will surely reach his goal.
Second Principle: To see advantage in disadvantage
In the early days of Mecca, there were many problems and difficulties. At that time, a guiding verse in the Qur’an was revealed. It said: “With every hardship there is ease, with every hardship there is ease.” (94:5-6).
This means that...
...Muhammad is one of the most influential men in history as he has millions of followers due to his characteristics. Leadership has been defined in many ways but it is mostly agreed that “leadership is about influencing others towards a common goal.” According to Michael Hart (1978) book ‘The 100: He listed Muhammad (peace be upon him-PBUH) as the most influential individual in the history because he “was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels” and “in fact, as the driving force behind the Arab conquests, he may well rank as the most influential political leader of all time”. Muhammad (PBUH) was the greatest and a role model of Islam who will always be remembered throughout history. Moreover Muhammad (PBUH) displays effectiveness in his leadership as he dragged a whole nation to believe his goal to worship the only God. Also the prophetMuhammad had many strategies to resolve conflict amongst a group.
Muhammad (PBUH) was born in Mecca in 570 AD. His father died shortly before his birth, and he lost his mother at the age of six. He was then raised by his uncle Abu talib. For whom he worked for as a shepherd at the age of 9 and then he worked as a trade marker. At the age of 40 Muhammad (PBUH) received his call to become a prophet. And he received the word...
...Historical Person in Human History |
Muhammad Ibn `Abd Allāh Ibn `Abd al-Muttalib was the founder of the religion Islam. Muslims believe that he is the messenger of Islam and that he is the last prophet of God, Allah. ProphetMuhammad is to be the last of many prophets before him, according to the Quran, the holy book of Islam. ProphetMuhammad guided people in every aspect of their lives. The Hadiths, Sunnahs, and political leadership that ProphetMuhammad had, make him the most influential person in human history.
A hadith means an action or saying ProphetMuhammad has been referenced in doing or saying in his lifetime. Hadiths are interpreted differently by each school. Muslims have been divided into two different subcultures, Sunnis and Shias, over who should be the political/spiritual leader of the Muslims. Though there is an indecisive choice of leader, both parties still believe and follow the hadiths of the prophet, to their own interpretations.
Sunnah is defined as the practices of ProphetMuhammad that he taught and instituted into Islam. The Quran doesn’t tell Muslims how to be a Muslim, nor does the Quran have legislation. Because of that, ProphetMuhammad had to become a political leader as well. The...
The ProphetMuhammad is the founder of Islam. He is known as the Messenger of God to people of the Islamic faith. Muhammad lived a rough life but he also changed people’s lives. His religion has had an effect on millions of people. There are no pictures of Muhammad’s face; he made a point that the religion was to not be about him, but about Allah.
In 570 C.E in Mecca, Arabia a baby boy, a descendant of Abraham named Muhammad, whose name means “highly praised”, was born. Muhammad’s father, Abdullah, died before he was born and his mother, Amina died when he was only six years old. After the death of his mom, he became an orphan. He was taken in by a woman named Halmiah, who became his foster mother. In 595 C.E., Muhammad was contacted by one of his wealthy widowed cousins, Khadijah, who needed him to sell some goods for her. Many of Muhammad’s cousins lived in Mecca, so it was not uncommon that Khadijah had contacted him. He was known for being a very good merchant. Muhammad and Khadijah met several times to discuss the selling of goods. Khadijah began to become interested in him on a personal level, even though she was fifteen years older than Muhammad. Khadijah asked Nufaysah (known as the matchmaker) to ask Muhammad if he was interested in marrying Khadijah. Muhammad and Khadijah were soon...
Leadership & Management
Choose are leader you are interested in and analyse why you consider him/her to be a leader? Describe
his or her key strengths and weaknesses as a leader. What makes you consider that person as an effective
leader? Justify your answers in relation to the theories & practices we have examined in the course.
Leadership is a crucial important topic that is deeply studied over time till today because it
has a major effect in all the systems surrounding us affecting the individuals through
political, businesses, humanitarian and to be named depending on the content of leadership
nature. The term leadership can be defined as influential relationship between leaders and
followers who intend real changes and outcomes that reflect their shared purposes towards a
desirable future (Daft 2011). The great leader of all time influential on individuals does not
disappear even after these leaders has been deceased. This is because such leaders not only
possesses required leadership characteristic such as charisma, courage, passion, ethical and
emotional attachment to its people which will further be discussed in the following essay in
relation to the chosen leader but also what they have done for their followers and society as
an whole for their better future.
The perfect leader till date who has not been able to replace not even...
... A. LeadershipQualities
More than 50 qualities have been identified that are important to great leaders. But there are seven leadershipqualities that seem to stand out as being more important than the others. The good news is that each of these Leadershipqualities can be learned, and they must be learned by practice and repetition.
Great leaders have vision. They can see into the future. They have a clear, exciting idea of where they are going and what they are trying to accomplish and are excellent at strategic planning.
This quality separates them from managers. Having a clear vision turns the individual into a special type of person. This quality of vision changes a ‘‘transactional manager’’ into a ‘‘transformational leader.’’ While a manager gets the job done, great leaders tap into the emotions of their employees.
‘‘Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend.’’
The quality of courage means that you are willing to take risks in the achievement of your goals with no assurance of success. Because there is no certainty in life or business, every commitment you make and every action you take entails a risk of some kind. Among the seven leadershipqualities, courage is the most identifiable outward trait.
...thinking on quality and subsequently coming up with the idea of Kaizen and making it their way of doing.
Quality circles is an important organ of Kaizen, they consist of an informal group of people that involves operators, supervisors, managers, etc. getting together to improve processes and procedures in the making of a product. These circles are embraced in a participative style of management whereby new ideas are generated and implemented
The concept is based on the observation that the operators are in a better position to contribute ideas that will lead to an improvement in the operation since they are closest to the operation. Thus improvement ideas come not only from the management but form all levels of the organization.
The informal nature of the quality circles is such that invisible barriers between the people from different levels or departments of the organization are overcome and everyone feels free and comfortable to share their ideas. Thus consultation and discussion are hastened throughout the organization and the employees attain an uplift of morale and motivation also improving productivity.
The group members are actively involved in the decision making process and thus feel as an important player within the organization where they can contribute towards creating a better quality product. The members feel more integrated in the organization and as a family work...
...Qualities of Leadership
Leadership is one of those words that are not so easy to define. The attributes and qualities that make up a good leader vary from person to person and from situation to situation. The definition is so broad that there are over two hundred registered definitions on the books. However, the basic idea of leadership is understood to be that quality which allows a person to stand ahead of the masses and inspire them to move forward. There are several qualities which combine to produce this overall effect. Some of the ones that will be discussed below are Sincerity, Communication, Teamwork, and the ability to initiate change. These are the four qualities that stand out as most important for good leadership.
The first quality is sincerity. This one may seem a little hard to understand at first however, it is very essential. The dictionary defines sincerity as "The quality or state of being sincere, honesty of mind, and freedom from hypocrisy". The definition of sincere reads "Free from dissimulation (honest), free from adulteration (pure), marked by genuineness (true)". So you see that the quality of sincerity encompasses many of the virtues of not only a good leader but simply a good person which is always a prerequisite. Being a good person at the core is really a...