21 Lessons in Leadership from the Prophet | Part 4

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Law of Solid Ground: Trust is the Foundation of Leadership


Without trust, there cannot be leadership. The Law of Solid Ground states that trust is the foundation upon which leadership and influence is laid. Every leadership guru in the modern world speaks of trust as an integral part of great leadership. What again was the Prophet’s nickname before he even became a prophet?

That’s right: Al-Amin, the Trustworthy. Subhanallah, Allah was setting up the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) for successful leadership and influence well before he became a prophet. Imagine what would have happened if the people had even a little bit of doubt in regards to the Prophet’s character? His call was initially rejected despite the fact that he was a person of impeccable character and was known for his trustworthiness.

Reflection Questions on the Law:

  • If people were to rate your trustworthiness on a scale of 1–10, what would your score be? What if you were to be rated by your Family? Friends? Co-workers? Business partners? Spouse?
  • Have you ever broken someone’s trust? If so, how did you make amends?
  • Has anyone ever broken your trust? If so, did you ever forgive them, and were they able to regain your trust eventually? If they did regain your trust, how were they able to do that?

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