The most influential personality in the entire mankind
While reading about leadership theories and effective leaders, I came through a book named “The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History” (1978) by Michael H. Hart. The author put the prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) on the top of the rank, as the book mentioned “the most influential personality in the entire human history”. Talking from leadership view, why?! So what was his style in leading his followers, why are there still millions of people who follow him?! Was he only affecting the emotional side with no professional leadership skills? To answer all of these questions I read more to find out what was the leadership style Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) and understand why it was so effective. I found out that in a passage in the Quran, Allah enjoined and guide his prophet about leadership as the following:
“So by the Grace of Allah, [O Muhammad], you were soft and gentle with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and seek protection for them andconsult themin the matter. And whenyou have decided, then rely upon Allah. Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him].” [Al-Quran 3:159]
It was basically explaining the “Consultative Leadership Style” + more about behaviours towards the followers as well. The type of “Consultative Leadership” was to consult the followers concerning public matters and therefore the judgment is to be taken by the Prophet (s.a.w.) himself in the final stage. Also traits mentioned were the following:
(1) Being soft and gentle with them
(2) Never to be impolite and rude
(3) Emotional side has to be involved
(4) Neglect minor faults and forgive,
(5) Look after their protection and security.
It wassohisconsultativesort ofleadershipalongsidesomewonderfultraits that he becamethe foremost powerfulhuman everwithin thehistory ofhumanity.
What I learnt from this??, Although this kind of information are more than 1400 years old, but from my point of view it is for sure valid for today’s leadership. It helps in both urgent and trivial situations that the leader still has the authority to control the speech with getting suggestions from people. Also ideas generated from consulting the others lead to more innovative and creative decisions. Building the self confident in followers is very easy using this style that they feel their importance and involvement in situations. It helps in getting closer to followers in a family phase considering their emotions and turns a blind eye in minor silly problems. All these pros makes me really considering prioritizing this kind of leadership in all of my situations in future since I believe that it is the most robust one to use.