Joining a Dawah Organization: Level 3 – Production/Results

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This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Joining a Dawah Organization: Leadership Levels

The first two levels focused primarily on things that must be done in order to lay the foundation for success. This first was a focus on yourself, and the second was focus on your establishment of good relationships with others.

Level 3 is when you finally start to taste the success of your efforts. It is also when things get fun. There is momentum and problems are easily solved. Maxwell says that in Level 2, people came together just for the sake of getting together, but in Level 3, people get together to accomplish a purpose.

Initiate and accept responsibility for growth.

Make yourself the example for attaining results. All actions at this are oriented around accomplishing a purpose. Maxwell gives the example of  how Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces orders a sandwich and holds everything when told that he cannot order toast.

Develop and follow a statement of purpose.

Continued success means staying focused on your goals. Your purpose defines the scope of what you do. More importantly, it also defines what you do not do. Sustaining success at this level means to continue hammering away your goals. A big temptation will be to overextend yourself into other areas, but this can create propensity for a downfall. Your organization is successful at this stage because there are certain things you do well. These are the things that you get the highest return on, so continue to do them.

Make your job description and energy an integral part of the statement of purpose.

Having a clear sense of purpose is not enough. Everything you do should not only be geared around making the desired success a reality, but it should be done with a high level of energy and enthusiasm. Your energy also affects others positively and encourages them to work hard as well. This is especially true in Islamic organizations where a lot of the effort comes from volunteers. One of the key motivators is being able to rally behind someone that is dedicated and energetic. Leadership demands that you be that person others can look to and take an example from. 

Develop accountability for results, beginning with yourself.

Success does not mean the absence of failure. There are times where you will fall short of your goal. There will be times where you fail to such a degree that things are worse then when you started. When such failures arise it is important to not pass the blame off to someone else. Leadership and success require you to take accountability for what you do. It is only after doing this that you can hold others accountable for their actions as well. It is also important to note that it is okay to fail. It is okay to fall short. No successful person or organization ever succeeded without tasting some degree of failure first. The trick is to make sure you are constantly working and trying. If you fear failure or remain inactive, then success is impossible.

Make the difficult decisions that will make a difference.

The more successful you become, the more difficulty you will encounter as well. Even though this level is the good times, difficult choices will present themselves. Sometimes it may be selecting one project over another. It could be balancing long term versus short term goals. It may involve careful delegation of tasks to the appropriate people. Other difficult decisions might be deciding whether to turn away certain organizations or individuals from helping you.

This level is about seeing results. People will see your success, and they will help you and work with you to attain even greater success.

Level 4 will look at ‘people development’.

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Omar Usman is a founding member of MuslimMatters, Qalam Institute, Muslim Strategic Initiative, and Debt Free Muslims. He is a regular khateeb and has served in different administrative capacities in various national and local Islamic organizations. He works full time in the corporate field, is a PMP, and certified Leadership Trainer through the John Maxwell Team. You can follow him on on Twitter @ibnabeeomar, and check out his latest project - The Fiqh of Social Media.

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