Quickreads: You Can’t Lead If…

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/Leadershipfreak/status/202432706028650496″] A lot of times people seek out leadership opportunities as a means of escape. Difficulties at home? Avoid the family by trying to run the masjid. This is a very negative view on things, but unfortunately it is a complaint we’ve heard from people in many different communities. The knee-jerk reaction is to pin yourself in a corner. … Read More

Omar UsmanQuickreads: You Can’t Lead If…

Bill Clinton: Put the Integrity in Your Effort

Bill Clinton: Put the Integrity in Your Effort

In 1993, Michigan played UNC for the NCAA basketball championship. The famous Fab Five of Michigan was led by Chris Webber, who went on to become the #1 overall pick in the NBA draft. Michigan lost the championship game due, in part, to Chris Webber calling a time-out in the final seconds when his team did not have one, resulting … Read More

Omar UsmanBill Clinton: Put the Integrity in Your Effort

Stop Putting Out Fires

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The worst thing you can do for your organization is becoming a firefighter. When you become a firefighter, you will wait around looking for a fire that you can put out. This means that instead of proactively making things better, you only act when something goes wrong. Someone complains, fix it. Something breaks, organize a fundraiser for a replacement. A … Read More

Omar UsmanStop Putting Out Fires

High Level of Integrity Required for Donated Funds

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One day Ali(ra) was carefully recording all the money that came into the treasury and all that was spent from it, by the light of a candle. At that time, Talha(ra) and Jubair(ra) came to him for personal reasons. When they sat down, Ali lit another candle and put out the first candle. The guest exchanged a glance of surprise … Read More

Omar UsmanHigh Level of Integrity Required for Donated Funds

Quickreads: First Khutbah of Abu Bakr After Being Elected Leader

“O People! I have been put in authority over you and I am not the best of you. So if I do the right thing and help me. If I do wrong then put me straight. Truthfulness is a sacred trust and lying is a betrayal. The weak amongst you is strong in my sight. I will surely try to … Read More

Omar UsmanQuickreads: First Khutbah of Abu Bakr After Being Elected Leader

The 2 Secrets to Successful Delegation

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Volunteers and leaders struggle with successfully delegating tasks to free themselves up to do more work. Here are two essential tips to make sure you delegate properly. Trust is empowering. You have to trust the person you are delegating to. Once you trust them, they should be empowered to do the job – not constantly looking over their shoulder. The … Read More

Omar UsmanThe 2 Secrets to Successful Delegation

Critical Issue: Find Someone To Tell You The Truth

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In our Muslim community, an interesting phenomenon has occurred. Once people become successful, they become surrounded by people who treat them as saviors. Once an Islamic scholar gains repute or recognition, people will flock to him or her literally begging them to solve their problems. “YOU are so amazing, I don’t know who else can help me except YOU. I … Read More

Omar UsmanCritical Issue: Find Someone To Tell You The Truth

3 Tips for New Leaders

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So you’ve just been elected to the board, or appointed to a committee. Here’s a few things to keep in mind as you get started. 1) Never believe everything you hear. Being in a non-profit or religious arena makes this one that much more difficult. What do you mean don’t trust anyone? The cold hard truth is that everyone has an agenda. … Read More

Omar Usman3 Tips for New Leaders

Transparency in Leadership: Musa and Harun

After returning from the mountain having left Harun (as) in charge for the 40 day period, Musa (as) finds the people worshipping a calf. This was clearly against what he commanded them with before leaving. He immediately turns to the one he left in charge to inquire about what happened. When someone is in a leadership position, their status does … Read More

Omar UsmanTransparency in Leadership: Musa and Harun

Quickreads: You Can’t Lead If…

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/Leadershipfreak/status/202432706028650496″] A lot of times people seek out leadership opportunities as a means of escape. Difficulties at home? Avoid the family by trying to run the masjid. This is a very negative view on things, but unfortunately it is a complaint we’ve heard from people in many different communities. The knee-jerk reaction is to pin yourself in a corner. … Read More

Omar UsmanQuickreads: You Can’t Lead If…