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In the recent past, the world has witnessed the fall of great leaders in religion, politics, business and sports

In the recent past, the world has witnessed the fall of great leaders in religion, politics, business and sports. One day they are admired and supported and the next day they are ridiculed and abandoned. Of course you as a leader would like to think that that would never happen to you, your organisation, your business or your family. Yet the truth is that previous great leaders of the past were human just like you and me.

Listed are 4 warning signs you can look out for that can lead to failure as a leader.

1. Shift of Focus. Leaders by nature are driven and motivated. These are great qualities but failure occurs when a leader looses site of what is important. This can happen very easily. Maybe they get caught up in micro managing every area of the organisation and they get consumed with the trivial and unimportant aspects of the business. This tendency can be worsened because by nature, many leaders like to do things well, border line perfectionism. If a leader is trying to manage all aspects of the business and lead at the same time, they are sure to get side tracked from the long term goals.

Action Step: Take the time today to realign your focus. Reread your business plan or goals and refocus on what is important.

2. Poor Communication. Followers cannot follow somebody that is unsure of where they are going. When a leader looses site of the main focus, they lose site of where they are going. Effective communication is so much easier when you know what you actually want to say.

Action Step: Be absolutely clear about what you want to convey to your followers or core team in the area you are in leadership.

3. Poor Self Management. While leadership is great, it can be tiring, draining and exhausting. Most people will not pick up on signs of exhaustion in a leader. As a leader, it is vital that you take care of yourself emotionally, physically, psychologically and spiritually.

Action Step: When you feel you are stressed or running on empty in any area, take time out for yourself to be refreshed and refuelled.

4. Driven by fear of failure. Being driven is a quality every leader needs, but what drives you is what is important. If the desire to succeed is what is driving you, then you will willingly take risks. But when fear of failure is the driving force, it makes risk taking so much more difficult.

Action Step: Take a good honest look at what you are driven by. Great leaders are never afraid to take a risk.

As you consider these four warning signs of leadership failure, do not be afraid to take an honest look at yourself. If any of the warnings ring true, take action today! The good news is that by paying attention to these signs and heeding their warnings, you can avoid disaster and sustain the kind of leadership that is healthy and fulfilling both for yourself and your followers.

Corporations are full of mystics

Corporations are full of mystics. If you want to find a genuine mystic, you are more likely to find one in a boardroom than a monastery or a cathedral. Surprised by this notion? We were too. But over the past 25 years we have been in many boardrooms and many cathedrals, and we have discovered that the very best kind of mystics––those who practice what they preach––can be found in the business world. We are now convinced that the qualities of these remarkable people, and the principles they live by, will be the guiding force for the 21st-century enterprise.

From working with 800 executives over the past 25 years, we make a prediction: Successful corporate leaders of the 21st century will be spiritual leaders. They will be comfortable with their own spirituality, and they will know how to nurture spiritual development in others. The most successful leaders of today have already learned this secret. Corporate mystics know that an organization is a collective embodiment of spirit, the sum total of the spirits of the individuals who work there. Those who think spirituality has no place in business are selling themselves and those around them short.

A corporate mystic we interviewed shared a story with us: “In my late 30s I felt like I was dying. I had been working in the corporate world for 10 years, and though I had experienced quite a bit of success, I somehow knew I would never go all the way to the top. My office was on the 10th floor, halfway to the top. As I looked out the window I asked myself why this was true. After all, I worked hard and seemed as smart as everybody else. Then it hit me: I was split in half. Outside of work I was one way but at work I was trying to be another person entirely. Outside work I was fascinated with human behavior and spent hours browsing in the psychology sections of bookstores. At work, though, I pretended to be this hard-driving fire engine of a person who was single-mindedly focused on numbers and productivity. I had the thought, “the split is over; the way I am is the way I am, wherever I am.” I actually felt something shift in my body, like I was coming back together again. Looking back, I think what I was doing was accepting both halves of myself and making a bigger container for me to be all of myself. Now, as CEO, I try to emphasize a message of being your full, undivided self whenever I talk to the younger people in the company.” This is an example of a spiritual awakening that had profound implications for this person’s life and career.

When we talk about spirituality in business, we are talking about experiences, not religious beliefs. Religion usually refers to the organized aspects of spirituality: the rules, beliefs and traditions that shape how spirituality shows up in the world. The corporate mystic is primarily interested in the benefits of spirituality, not in beliefs about it.

Corporate mystics move easily between the spiritual world and the world of commerce. Corporate mystics are visionaries with their feet on the ground. They celebrate the oneness of everything, yet at the same time they are able to focus on details. They look at a mountain peak and a spreadsheet with the same eyes. They treat the janitor and their biggest client with the same attitude.

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Hasan A. Yahya, Professor of Sociology

 The great Irish philosopher, George Bernard Shaw said once about Muhammad (pbuh): “I have studied him – the wonderful man – and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ he must be called the savior of humanity.” (The Genuine Islam)

In fact, Bernard  Shaw elaborated on this statement added comparative description between Muhammad and other great leaders in history. He says:

“People like Pasteur and Salk are leaders in the first sense. People like Gandhi and Confucius, on one hand, and Alexander, Caesar and Hitler on the other, are leaders in the second and perhaps the third sense. Jesus and Buddha belong in the third category alone. Perhaps the greatest leader of all times was Mohammed, who combined all three functions. To a lesser degree, Moses did the same.”

Other thinkers see Muhammad as the leader of list ranking the most influential persons in history, for example,  Michael H. Hart  in his book:  A Citadel Press Book, (Carol Publishing Group), he asserts that Prophet Muhammad is the Most Influential Man in History in his list.

In the ranking list of 100 most influential persons in history, Muhammad was the first in the list. Followed by Isaac Newton, Jesus Christ, Buddah, and Confoucious.

In his book: The 100, a Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, Michael H. Hart  writes in justifying his selection:

“My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels.”

He then, began to describe how Muhammad was influential in his people.  By describing his early life saying:  “Of humble origins, Muhammad founded and promulgated one of the world’s great religions, and became an immensely effective political leader.”

Muhammad’s influence, in fact, is still powerful and pervasive. While the majority of the 100 persons in this book had the advantage of being born and raised in centers of civilization, highly cultured or politically pivotal nations. Muhammad, was born in the year 570, in the city of Mecca, in southern Arabia, at that time a backward area of the world, far from the centers of trade, art, and learning. Orphaned at age six, he was reared in modest surroundings. Islamic tradition tells us that he was illiterate. His economic position improved when, at age twenty-five, he married a wealthy widow. Nevertheless, as he approached forty, there was little outward indication that he was a remarkable person. Most Arabs at that time were pagans, who believed in many gods. There were, however, in Mecca, a small number of Jews and Christians; it was from them no doubt that Muhammad first learned of a single, omnipotent God who ruled the entire universe. When he was forty years old, Muhammad became convinced that this one true God (Allah) was speaking to him, and had chosen him to spread the true faith. For three years, Muhammad preached only to close friends and associates. Then, about 613, he began preaching in public. As he slowly gained converts, the Meccan authorities came to consider him a dangerous nuisance. Afterwards, he was forced to migration from Mecca, to the city where people  believed his mission, whom supported him and stood behind his message,  Medina. (572 words)

Every citizen should know how to make a petition

Every citizen should know how to make a petition. This is one method of initiating change that has proven effective for centuries. Quite often situations develop where the actions of another has an impact on a group of people or their surroundings in which they may feel powerless.

By writing a petition and collecting signatures of those that support the way you feel about the issue will bring it to the forefront and help make improvements that will benefit all concerned. Whatever the situation, there will always be people in favor of it and those who are not in favor. When you get involved in petition writing (, you can help change the mindset of some of the naysayers and improve society in general.

When you start to learn how to make a petition, you do have to research the topic quite thoroughly. In some cases, you may need permission to initiate the petition from your local authorities. In order for you to present the petition and have it considered, you do need a sizable collection of signatures. Without the signatures, the petition is not valid and will therefore be dismissed, possibly without ever being read by those in authority.

How to make a petition involves writing your opening statement. This is the reason for the petition and it should be as brief as possible, yet concise. To get started, write down your feelings about the issue at hand. Go over what you write a statement that fully describes the current situation. When you are starting a petition (, it is no good just to present the problem.

You have to make suggestions as to how this situation can be improved or corrected and give details of how and why these suggestions would be improvements. Some topics for petitions require background information, which means you do have to do your research. For example, if you initiate a petition about some action in your community that is having or will have some impact on the environment; you do have to give support for this claim.

No one has time to read lengthy petition statements. This applies to those whom you ask to sign the petition and those to whom you will present it. Look for sample petitions to get ideas of how you can use concise wording that gets your point across. The petition should also start with “We, the undersigned….” showing that each person who signs this position does support your efforts to bring about change.

Knowing how to write a petition also involves knowing how you are going to collect the signatures you need for it to be valid. If you have time and are using a traditional petition, you can go door to door asking people to sign their names. This will work if you are canvassing a small group of people, such as in a small town or neighborhood, but if it is an issue that affects a large number of people, this would be an impossible task.

For that reason, it is often better to write an online petition and contact as many people as you can by giving them the link to the site where they can sign. When you send the link to your contacts, ask them to send it on to others and so on. In this way you can collect a much larger number of signatures and bring the issue to a greater proportion of the population.

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