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Leadership Lessons:

Leadership Lessons From the Sunnah

Mirza Yawar Baig Opening the world, one mind at a time©:

Mirza Yawar Baig Opening the world, one mind at a time © Work Experience: International Speaker, Trainer, Author, Coach, Leadership Consultant with 16 years in Corporate General Management, 27 years in Training & Organizational Development, specializing in Family Business Consulting & Entrepreneurship Director / Professional Member: Center for Conflict Resolution & Human Security Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Science Entrepreneur: 1994: Founded Education: IIM-A , P-CMM®, MBTI©, WSA©, ISABS Books: The Business of Family Business An Entrepreneur’s Diary Hiring Winners 20.10.2010-55 Present Your Way to the Top Member Consultant Panel: USA GE Corporate University, Crotonville Oracle Corporate University, CA AMA International, New York Andersen Corporate University, MN India Osmania University, Hyderabad SVP National Police Academy, Hyderabad SSB Academy, Gwaldam, Uttar Akhand LBS Academy of Administration, Mussoorie Clients Include: GE, Oracle, Motorola, Microsoft, IBM, Digital-Compaq, National Semiconductor, Unilever, BSNL, Tata Indicom , Colgate, Asian Paints, Siemens, Wartsila , MphasiS , CavinKare, EXL Service, World Bank, ICRISAT, World Fish, Tata Corporate, J & J, Accenture, Zeneca Seeds, Shanta Biotech, Advanta , Reuters, Air India, Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo, Olam , Regal Beloit, Reliance World, NIS Sparta, AMKA, Emami Group, Suzlon , JP Morgan, SEW Infrastructure, LANCO, KAR Group, Expolanka, Brandix www.yawarbaig.com

Food for Thought :

www.yawarbaig.com 3 “A crossroads in history is a time of great instability. But it is the only time when the puny effort of a single man or woman can change the path of destiny.” Food for Thought We are living at such a time now

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The Leadership Model:

The Leadership Model The Sunnah Way 5

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Extraordinary Not normal Something which others may find frightening, crazy, astonishing Something that most people never try 8 Because only the extraordinary is inspiring

Alphonse de Lamar-tine Historie de le Turquie, Paris 1854, Vol.11.Pages 276-77:

9 Alphonse de Lamar-tine Historie de le Turquie , Paris 1854, Vol.11.Pages 276-77 “If greatness of purpose, smallness of means and astounding results are the three criteria of human genius, who would dare to compare any great man in history with Muhammad? Philosopher, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational beliefs, of a cult without images, the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and one spiritual empire, that is Muhammad. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?”

To be Extraordinary…:

To be Extraordinary… To be extraordinary is to be abnormal in the best of ways. To listen to a message in the mind that others can only wonder at. To march to a beat that others are unable to hear – yet to be able to inspire them to fall in step. 10 Only the extraordinary are inspiring

Extraordinary Faith:

Extraordinary Faith Because mountains must be moved 11


Faith “When you come to the end of the light of all that you know and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen. There will be something firm to stand on or you will be taught how to fly.” ~ Barbara Winters 12

Notice the use of words:

Notice the use of words S he doesn’t say, ‘Faith is believing.’ She says, ‘Faith is knowing,’ and in that is a world of difference. To believe with complete certainty without the possibility of doubt is to know. That is what enables one to take risk. To step off the edge knowing that you will not be allowed to crash; but that instead you will step on to another level of awareness and connection with Allah  that you never thought possible. 13

وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُ مَخْرَجًاوَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ:

وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُ مَخْرَجًاوَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ فَهُوَ حَسْبُهُ Talaaq 65:2-3 And for those who fear Allah, He (always) prepares a way out (of difficulty), And He provides for him from (sources) he never could imagine. And if any one puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. 14

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Put yourself on the line:

Put yourself on the line The most famous story from the Seerah which demonstrates Rasoolullah  ’s personal commitment to taking Islam to anyone who will listen is the story of his journey to At-Ta’aif to the leaders of Banu Thaqeef. 16 Because results come from action Not from talking about acting

Dua at Ta’aif:

Dua at Ta’aif “So long as You are not angry with me, I do not care. Your favor is of a more expansive relief to me. I seek refuge in the light of Your Face by which all darkness is dispelled and every affair of this world and the next is set right, lest Your anger or Your displeasure descends upon me. I desire Your pleasure and satisfaction until You are pleased. There is no power and no might except by You .” 17 Hitting the target is a function of focus

Position of the Believer:

Position of the Believer Between fear and hope No excuses Focused only on the pleasure of Allah  Willing to do whatever it takes to win 18 Resilience to get up and keep going long after others have fallen by the wayside

Extraordinary Resilience:

Extraordinary Resilience The winner is the one who gets up after the fall 19

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Resilience The key to survival in times of disastrous, disruptive change

What happens?:

What happens? Disorientation Depression Loss of purpose Fear of annihilation 22 We seem to be living in such times today

The 3 – step solution:

The 3 – step solution Face the brutal facts but don’t lose hope Make sense of what is happening Take hard decisions to ensure the future 23 Painting a rosy picture is the fastest way to perish

Face the brutal facts (What really happened?):

Face the brutal facts (What really happened? ) Face facts as they are without giving them a ‘rosy’ hue or indulging in hope bordering on fantasy Yet not lose hope in eventual success Don’t blame yourself or others for what happened 24 No praise, No blame Ask, ‘What, Why and How.

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Make sense of it (What do these facts indicate?):

Make sense of it (What do these facts indicate?) Analyze reasons for what happened See how you could have prevented it See how this fits into the larger scheme of things and happenings Look to a future beyond this which will be better 26 Create immediate goals to work towards

Take hard decisions (What to do about this?):

Take hard decisions (What to do about this? ) Look for action steps given the present scenario Get out of the ‘Why me?’ syndrome What can you do, now that this has happened? How can you protect yourself, gather resources, plan for the future? 27 Action is critical

Extraordinary Long Term View :

Extraordinary Long Term View Because you only know the winner at the end 28

Sacrificing short term:

Sacrificing short term In favor of long term

Hudaybiyya :

By agreeing to the unequal terms, Rasoolullah  opened the door for the peaceful propagation of Islam. When hostilities ceased, Muslims were able to move about freely to preach their message. The result was that most of Arabia accepted Islam. Hudaybiyya Was a triumph of Islam over self

Lesson – 1/3 :

In order to win in the long term it is often necessary to sacrifice temporary or short term gains. This may be painful especially as this may require sacrificing one’s ego needs in the process. For the arrow to travel far, you have to pull it back Lesson – 1/3

Lesson – 2/3:

Forgiveness is the door to a future that is different and better Rasoolullah  eliminated enmity not enemies. That way he closed the door to vendettas and hatred and built on goodwill Lesson – 2/3 Ego is the shackle in your mind

Lesson – 3/3 :

Followers must be willing to trust the leader and stand by him even if he does something that they don’t like at the time or don’t understand fully. Once the leader has been elected, then he must be trusted implicitly. Lesson – 3/3 Constantly doubting debilitates leadership

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Some of My Books:

Some of My Books Leadership Lessons from the Life of Rasoolullah  Hiring Winners The Business of Family Business A Journey of Faith An Entrepreneur’s Diary Present Your Way to the Top 20.10.2010-55 – Life Lessons Leadership is a Personal Choice

For thoughts & questions:

For thoughts & questions www.standardbearersacademy.com

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