SECOND INGREDIENT OF LEADERSHIP
BY SHIREEN NAQVI
The first ingredient of leadership is integrity and the question comes why must I develop integrity within myself? The society we live in does not preach this, if we say something and do something and don’t fulfill our promise then we become successful, then what must we do? This is where we need the second quality of leadership and that is VISION.
Every action is done for a reason or purpose you even go to the bathroom for a purpose, everything should have a purpose and all the characters within you will come out when there is a purpose, for e.g. you have a BMW and you even have the keys and nowhere to go, then what use is the Rs90,00000 BMW, but yes if you are asked to bring some grocery for the house, then immediately you would sit in the car and drive because you have a purpose and know the direction where to go.
A leader always knows that whatever work he is doing, why he is doing it, which means that he is leading a meaningful life. What is a meaningful life? A life where you have the reason, logic, conscious and feeling. ALLAH Almighty loves two kinds of people who are thankful with whatever they have and those who have patience, without these qualities you won’t be kind and then all the other qualities you have would be of no use. VISION is something which is inborn, if I say to my friends what we must do tomorrow evening and during discussion the program that we make would be through our IMAGINATION. Or if I ask 10 years from now where do you see yourself and the story that you would be telling me would be from your imagination. If you want, your imagination can take you forward till 500 years and the more you can go forward the bigger the leader you are, if you don’t have your own vision , then you would be consumed by someone else vision.
Now if you say that anything can happen with you at any time and who are you to make a vision, then that’s the reason why ALLAH almighty has given us brains and therefore we have the quality of imagination, we have to work with the law of the nature, then we will be able to work towards our vision.
From now on any work we do we must ask ourselves the reason why we are doing it, because remember for every action we will be answerable to Allah almighty.