Leadership: What Is It and How to Deal with It? [Part Three]

Dec 18, 2010

As a result, all of the five leadership styles and philosophies outlined thus far are primitive and pre-civilized in different ways and to different degrees.

And to that extent they are all really pre-human.

Representing the pits of depravity, disaster and loss to which humans can sink.

Legacy of a barbaric past and brute culture.

A man-made culture of the sword – as opposed to a divine culture of the pen.

A Satanic culture of coercion and deception – as opposed to a divine culture of education, enlightenment and persuasion.

And they all carry in them the seeds for the decline, decay, downfall and destruction of the group, organization, community, nation or people they purport to serve, represent or lead.

A civilized society is, above all else, a free society.

It is a society founded on the notions of liberty and equality.

Liberty and equality for all – regardless or race or gender, nationality or class.

And their twin sets of concomitants and correlates: knowledge and understanding; education and enlightenment; logic and persuasion.

And the ultimate fountainhead of all: truth.

What the Qur’an calls Al-Haqq.

The truth.

Data; facts; reality.

Un-doctored; un-fudged; un-alloyed with fiction and falsehood.

Honesty; integrity; candor; openness; transparency.

Untarnished by personal, political, religious and commercial spin or manipulation.

And democracy in the sense of the full, willing and informed participation, involvement, consent and inclusiveness of the governed, The People, on the one hand, as well as the accountability and peaceable replaceability of the rulers and the leaders, on the other hand.

And on the notions of justice and fairness.

And trust and responsibility.

It is a society based on the twin principles of the consent of the governed and the accountability and peaceable replaceability of those in positions of power.

It is a civil society in which all are equal before the law.

And the law is both equal for all and supreme above all.

And a civilized society, more than anything else, requires, demands and accepts nothing but a civilized leadership.

In fact, a civilized leadership is a sine qua non – a defining characteristic and a prerequisite – of a civilized society.

And a backward, regressive, retrograde and primitive leadership is one of the most powerful and pervasive causes, consequences as well as the symptoms and indicators of the downfall and backwardness of a society.

A group, organization, community, nation or people — any group, organization, community, nation or people –deserves better.

It deserves a better and superior leadership.

A leadership that is civilized.

It deserves a leadership…

That is more aware, concerned and caring.

That is more selfless and sacrificing.

That is more fearless and daring.

That is more innovative, imaginative, ingenious and creative.

That is more insightful, enlightened.

That is more liberated, resilient.

That is more capable, resourceful.

That is more dedicated, single-minded.

That is more competent, qualified, versed, trained and accomplished.

That is more sensitive, responsive, sharp, alert, smart, gifted.

That is wiser, more thoughtful, more far-sighted.

That is more open, forthright, accessible, democratic, flexible, cooperative, responsive, trustworthy, inclusive, giving and accommodating.

That is more responsible in what it does.

And one that is more accountable for its actions and inactions, for its commissions and for its omissions, before the governed: The People.

Which the Qur’an called Annaas 1400 years ago.

A leadership that unites rather than divides.

That excels in building bridges rather than digging trenches and erecting fences and creating ruptures.

That is an expert in the science of negotiation and the art of compromise.

That combines rock-like solidity and firmness on the core and substance of its beliefs and interests with creative flexibility and accommodation on matters of periphery, detail and interpretation.

And knows the difference between the two.

That takes its dogma, doctrine and ideology as seriously as it takes its commitment to a pragmatic approach of seeking maximum good for maximum number of people.

Not only in terms of the group, the organization, the community, the nation or the people it purports to represent, serve and lead, but also in terms of the entire human race.

A leadership that has, and can be clearly seen to have, unassailable integrity.

Honesty, probity and uprightness.

That fosters an environment of trust, openness, candor and forthrightness.

That in general operates under the glare of public scrutiny and surveillance.

And which leads by example.

Which fights in the trenches.

And which is truly part of the group, the organization, the community, the nation or the people it purports to represent, serve and lead.

Which truly springs from, belongs to and reflects and represents the group, the organization, the community, the nation or the people it purports to represent, serve and lead.

Which is freely, fearlessly and with full information, awareness, understanding, volition and willingness put in power by the group, the organization, the community, the nation or the people it purports to represent, serve and lead.

Which truly, sincerely and effectively works for and serves the best interests of its followers.

Which is fully and truly answerable and accountable to them.

In sum:

It is a leadership that combines the highest levels of abilities and skills.

Ideas and vision, plans and policies.

With the highest levels of integrity and probity.

And with the right attitude and outlook.

And skills and abilities.

In an environment of openness and trust.

A leadership which believes and sees itself as the servant.

Not the master.

Of the group, the organization, the community, the nation or the people it purports to represent, serve and lead.

And acts in accordance with those beliefs and perceptions.

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