Quickreads: You Can’t Lead If…

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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. Well, either I have a bad time at home, or at least I do something productive somewhere else.


The answer is do both. Fix your personal life. Then go get involved in the community and lead others.

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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.

Omar UsmanQuickreads: You Can’t Lead If…

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