The Leadership of Muhammad (2010) by John Adair
I found this book very impressive, and concise. John Adair, one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership and leadership development, did a really good job in collating some of the most important points about leadership and using the Islamic prophet as a fine example. It was really interesting reading the stories of Muhammad and highlighting all the positive leadership aspects, even more so was the fact that things that applied thousands of years ago still apply today.
A lot of the points made in the book are things that all of us know and should be acting upon, however it's always good to remind yourself of these things so take it as a refresher, if anything. This book is divided into 8 chapters: #1 In the Black Tents of Bani Sa’d; #2 The Shepherd; #3 Caravan Leader; #4 Dwellers of the Desert; #5 Muhammad ‘the Trustworthy One’; #6 Sharing in Hardship; #7 Humility; and #8 From Past to Presence.
My favourite is chapter #7 on Humility. Here are 6 quotes that I would like to share:
1) Humility at its simplest is knowing that you are not God
2) Being humble as a leader is essentially about not being arrogant
3) Humility is just as much the opposite of self-abasement as it is of self-exaltation
4) Do not pursue a matter of which you are ignorant
5) Let nothing prevent you from changing you previous decision if after consideration you feel that the previous decision was incorrect
6) The crown of a good disposition is humility
[Note: I respect Muhammad but I don’t recognize him as prophet. I think he was a barbaric leader. Nevertheless, since John Adair only taking the positive sides of Muhammad – of course there were some negative sides about him that I refused to tolerate – this book as a whole is beneficial]
THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.