The Skills Series: 11 Essential Skills Every Youth needs to Excel ~ #3 ~ Leadership Skills
What words come to mind when you hear the word ‘leader‘ or ‘leadership‘?
Is it words such as ‘power‘, ‘seniority’ and ‘command‘?
Leadership is not necessarily about authority or people being under you. Rather it is more about motivating a group of people to make a cause their top priority. And this makes them look up to you with respect and for direction on how to face up to certain tasks.
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), led a life which showcased natural leadership skills.
His leadership model was notable marked by a high standard of spiritual devotion, moral righteousness and great personal sacrifice.
”His example is one of exceptional morality, righteous behaviour and character, and oustanding skills, all of which are characteristics that reflects his position as a Prophet”. (The Sealed Nectar)
He remains a great model to all.
No part of his life was ever reported to have shown any form of contradictions, disturbing facts or unexplainable gaps . He was a man of high purpose who delivered his message with clarity and certainty. He had a huge sense of humility and dedicated his life to establishing a message – despite all of the struggles, challenges and harsh forces surrounding him.
His style then, was not of power and authority; neither was it of glitter and frivolity. He was characterised by a determination to stand firm upon the truth and establish the worship of Allah (SWT) alone.
The positive impact of his leadership could be seen clearly in the depth of passion of his immediate family and companions (May Allah be pleased with them) with his mission.
”… he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both religious and secular levels.”
”Of humble origins, Muhammad (PBUH) founded and promulgated one of the world’s great religions, and became an immensely effective political leader. Today, thirteen centuries after his death, his influence is still powerful and pervasive.”
Michael H. Hart (From the 100, a ranking of the Most influential persons in History)
Your sense of leadership should come from modeling what is right; and remaining firm on the right path while fulfilling your responsibilities as a Muslim in every facet of life.
Some of the skills that will make you thrive better as a leader include strong interpersonal skills, taking up a role of an active participant, selfless interest in cause/mission, showing good example, learning from mistakes, humility, respect for others and re-enforcing strengths not weaknesses.
A great leader should treat others as s/he would wish to be treated & have a sense of concern for others, not just for self only.
– Get involved.
– Have a balanced attitude.
– Nurture good communication skills.
– Choose only the best as team members.
– Provide solutions not criticism.
– Show your passion/enthusiasm.
– Get into arguments.
– Demand authority/recognition.
– Get consumed by pride, arrogance & boastfulness.
– Focus only on barriers and negatives.
– Oppress others.
– Worship the blings and other desires.
Good leadership then is not about seniority, power or authority.
You are a good leader when you become strong, visionary and skilled in inspiring a community with your vision; as well as taking due responsibility. This community could be your family members, colleagues or a charity organisation.
Now ask yourself, ‘Are you taking due responsibility and fulfilling your leadership role(s)‘?
”Each one of you is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock. The leader of the people is a guardian and is responsible for his subjects: a man is the guardian of his family and is responsible for his subjects, a woman is the guardian of her husband’s home and of his children and is responsible for them, and the slave of a man is a guardian of his master’s property and is responsible for it. Surely, everyone of you is a shepherd and responsible for his flock.” (Bukhari & Muslim)
How can you develop better leadership skills to impact positively on others & share your mission with the community? Share below…