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21 Lessons in Leadership from the Prophet | Part 10

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Law of Victory: Leaders Find a Way for the Team to Win

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The Law of Victory states that leaders always figure out how to lead their teams, companies, communities and even countries to victory. Obviously, in sports, defining victory is simple whereas in the real world what being victorious really means is quite ambiguous. However, the principle remains. Leaders know how to drastically improve the situation of whatever it is that they are leading. Steve Jobs is a great example of this law. Apple was a big hit in the 80’s then died down after he left, only to rise to its greatest prominence upon his return to the company in the early 2000’s.

The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) exemplified this law greater than any other human being in history. How he went from receiving the message and being the world’s only ‘Muslim’ to becoming the leader of his people, to being a source of guidance and inspiration for over 1 billion people over 1,400 years later is unfathomable. Despite all odds, with the help of Allah and the support of his companions, he was able to fulfill his mission.

Reflection Questions on the Law:

  • How have you helped those whom you are responsible for leading to victory?
  • What were the key components you needed in order to become victorious?

Law of the Big Mo: Momentum is a Leader’s Best Friend

The Law of the Big Mo states that once momentum is created by the leader, it helps to propel your mission and/or organization faster and farther then you could have ever expected. Once momentum is established, great things happen and the leader is given far more credit than he deserves. The hard part is creating that momentum and that’s where the leadership ability of the leader comes into play. He is responsible for creating that momentum and this is no easy task. Just look to the life of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and you’ll see how difficult it can be.

One can argue that the ‘Tipping Point’ for the Prophet’s message spreading rapidly was the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah. Up until that point, Islam had definitely gained traction amongst some of the masses and a new capital city was established in Madinah, however it really thrived after the signing of Hudaybiyyah.

It took the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) the entire time in Makkah and then 6 years after the hijra in order to take the message to the point where it spread rapidly and was widely accepted. After Hudaybiyyah, Islam has never stopped growing.

Momentum will take the vision and mission of your company, community and country farther than you could have imagined. It really is a leader’s best friend.

Reflection Questions on the Law:

  • How have you created positive momentum in your various leadership roles?
  • What are some of the positive outcomes that have occurred as a result of this momentum that exceeded your expectations?

 

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Adnan Jalali is a former School Teacher and Principal/Head Master turned Leadership Trainer, Executive Coach and International Keynote Speaker. Adnan is the founder of The Jalali Group (jalaligroup.com), a Consulting firm focused on Leadership & Personal Development. The mission of the Jalali Group is to develop inspirational leaders across the globe. Adnan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Texas State University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston. He holds a Teacher’s and School Director’s License in Texas and is a certified Leadership Trainer, Coach and Speaker with the John Maxwell Team. He is currently working on a project to develop inspirational leaders in Colombia, South America.

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