The Leadership of Muhammad is a very personal study of the life-story and leadership skills of the Prophet. John Adair served with a Bedouin regiment in the Arab Legion and this story is full of fascinating detail of desert life and Bedouin beliefs. A business book that crosses boundaries it highlights the key leadership skills displayed by Muhammad and allows you to share in his wisdom. John Adair weaves the story of Muhammad's life together with aspects of Bedouin culture and ancient proverbs to provide key points for leaders and aspiring leaders. He discusses tribal leadership and essential attributes such as integrity, moral authority and humility.
Learning and leadership go hand in hand. You are not born a leader, but you can become one and it is never too late to learn. John Adair's study or Muhammad and the tribal tradition of leadership is an essential addtion to the leadership debate.
A prominent academic and theorist in the leadership development community, John Adair’s insightful and informative work challenges the common misconceptions many Westerners hold regarding the leader of the second largest faith in the world.
More than just a historical account exemplifying Muhammad (ص)’s leadership prowess, this book functions as an instructive guide for both the lay reader and the aspiring leader. Each chapter recounts aspects of Muhammad (ص)’s life—his boyhood, adulthood and prophethood—providing a simplified yet well-rounded picture of his earthly life and the preparation of his mission. His leadership qualities are compared to that of other prominent historical figures. Each chapter is concluded with a “key points” section, recapping the qualities a good leader should possess.
The book did get a bit repetitive at times and though the tangents about figures from other faiths/traditions were insightful, I would’ve liked more detail solely on the Messenger (ص). That being said, it is still very much an uplifting read and supplements other seerah books quite well as it provides an acute focus on a significant aspect of the Messenger (ص)’s prophetic disposition. A great read for all regardless of creed and simple enough (imo) for teens.
Be mindful that the author does posit personal thoughts/reflections regarding certain aspects of the Messenger (ص)’s life. It’s interesting to observe the high esteem with which some non-Muslims hold the Messenger (ص), despite lacking the depth and reverence Muslims hold.
As a Muslim, I grew up being taught of the perfection of this great man. And always, all the accounts of him, being narrated by Muslims, are naturally very compassionate of him.
However, the author of this book, totally lacked that love of the man. But it's not a bad thing. In fact, it was a refreshing perspective. A perspective that was devoid of love for the Prophet but at the same time, managed to paint the man as THE model of a leader. It only added evidence of the greatness of the prophet.
Also, doesn't matter if you're a Muslim or not, this book highlights so many tips on leadership which are relevant and applicable in the olden days until now and for the future to come. In fact, this tips would be useful even for daily face-to-face interactions.
I found this book very impressive, and concise. John Adair did a really good job in collating some of the most important points about leadership and using the prophet as a fine example. It was really interesting reading the stories of Muhammad (pbuh) and highlighting all the positive leadership aspects, even more so was the fact that things that applied thousands of years ago still apply today.
A lot of the points made in the book are things that all of us know and should be acting upon, however it's always good to remind yourself of these things so take it as a refresher, if anything. This book will definitely point any aspiring leader to the right direction, in fact, even parents could learn a lot from this book.
I finished reading it in one sitting, and walked away feeling inspired. One of the points that resonated with me most was the idea of leading by example, something that is truly lacking today.
Very well written book, in clear, simple English. I can guarantee you there are many lessons to draw from this read and it is well worth the money spent on it.
I had read the Arabic Translated version of this book.
The book is short and light, however, i don't think the 90% focusing on the leadership of Prophet Muhammad. Sometime, I find the author got the chance to mention other stories that's is not related, yes it is related to leadership concept but not under the leadership of Muhammad.
I thought the book subject should be change to something more generic like The leadership of Muhammad and other Arabs/leaders Maybe.
An invaluable resource that focuses on how the Prophet Mohammed's (s) upbringing in Bedouin Arabia prepared him to take up the leadership position ordained by God. It goes through his key characteristics demonstrating his capability as a leader, relaying stories and narrations that some Muslims may be less familiar with. I personally found it fascinating. It's a straightforward, short read, written from a non-Muslim, Leadership Studies perspective. Most facts and narrations are backed up with references, but there are a few remarks made in passing which were questionable, and where the author doesn't make an effort to state differences in opinion among Islamic scholars. For example, one of the lines state it is strange that the Prophet didn't appoint a successor. Despite this, there is a good range of quotes included, from Nahjul Balagha to Ibn Khuldun.
A light small book yet a treasurable one that is well and eloquently written... It sheds light on prophet Mohammad as a leader, a shepherd and above all a human being. It's fun to read and quite informative as you find different quotations from different people from different nations through different eras. I loved how the writer keeps on including Arabic words as well as Greek ones and others and adds its meaning which adds to the whole context of narration.
"Humble people know their limitations: they know that they know, and they know what they do not know; they know what they can do or be, and they know what they cannot do or be"
Very good but Muslims should read Joel Hayward's new book, The Leadership of Muhammad. Hayward is both a Muslim and an historian, something John Adair is not. This gives Hayward a huge advantage in terms of the Islamic sources he uses as well as his intimate knowledge of Rasul Allah's (s) blessed life. Having said that, I did find Adair's book really nice to read (I read it in one evening, to be honest), and it taught me a lot, not about Rasul Allah (s) but about the Bedouin lifestyle.
i love that it shows Muhammad SAW as a perfect role model, not just spiritually but also, in this context, as a leader. there were times that the writes did not focus on Muhammad, which is weird given the title of the book. nevertheless i still like the book.
ركز المؤلف على الأحداث من حياة الرسول (ص) المتعلقة بموضوع القيادة، وهذه الأحداث تشتمل على ما قد حصل قبل وبعد البعثة .. ولقد وجدت الآية ((وَلِتُصْنَعَ عَلَى عَيْنِي)) التي جاءت في وصف رعاية وحفظ الله لموسى عليه السلام مناسبة لوصف الأحداث التي سبقت البعثة، فهي كانت بمثابة رعاية وحفظ وهداية الله للرسول (ص) حيث بسببها تشكلت تجاربه وقناعاته وأخلاقه الكريمة، فتحدث المؤلف عن عمل الرسول (ص) في التجارة ورعي الأغنام وتأثير الحياة في الصحراء وعلاقتها بتشكيل قدرته القيادية.
وفي فصول الكتاب استشهد الكاتب بالعديد من الأحداث وشرح كيف تعامل معها الرسول (ص) من أجل أن يعمل لتحقيق غايته في نشر الدين الصحيح وترسيخه والعمل على وحدة واجتماع المسلمين والتعامل مع احتياجات الأفراد الشخصية أيضاً؛ فوجد المؤلف كل أدوار ووظائف القائد الأساسية في الرسول (ص) .. كما أن تطرق المؤلف الي التحدث عن بعض الصفات الأساسية التي يحتاجها كل قائد كالأمانة والحلم والتواضع وغيرها.
كمسلم يقرأ الكتب المتعلقة بالدين عامةً وبالسيرة النبوية خاصةً استطعت من خلال قراءة هذا الكتاب أن أتعلم من السيرة دروس كبيرة وجليلة، كما أنني استطعت الاستشهاد بالكثير من الأحداث الأخرى والأحاديث النبوية الشريفة التي لم تذكر في هذا الكتاب كدلائل لدعم الحقائق التي توصل إليها المؤلف. وان شاء الله سأتبع قراءتي لهذا الكتاب مشاهدتي برنامج أسرار القيادة النبوية لطارق السويدان الذي عرض في شهر رمضان من العام السابق.
ورغم أن المؤلف ليس من المسلمين، أرى أن المواقف التي استشهد بها صحيحة واسلوبه في طرحها كان خالياً من التعصب والانحياز لأي رأي مسبق، فاشكره على انصافه
لا شك أن القيادة صارت هدفاً يسعى إليه الكثيرون وخصوصا في المجتمعات المتقدمة حيث تلعب القيادة دوراً هاما في عملية التغيير وعملية دفع عجلة التنمية والتأثير في المجتمع من جميع النواحي، لذلك صارت دورات القيادة ودورات صناعة القادة رائجة جداً وكذلك كتبها. من هذا المنطلق جاءت أهمية هذا الكتاب الذي قدّم الكاتب فيه دراسة موضوعية عميقة للمواقف القيادية لخاتم الأنبياء محمد ﷺ رغم أنه غير مسلم، وذلك ليس بغريب فكل من يقرأ في سيرة النبي العطرة ﷺ لابد وأن يُعجب بهذه الشخصية الاستثنائية التي كانت نموذجاً يُقتدى به في كل نواحي الحياة المختلفة. من يقرأ في السيرة يجد مواقف كثيرة جداً تنم عن حنكة وذكاء ورفق النبي ﷺ كقائد عكسري، وقائد اجتماعي، وقائد روحي وهذا ما قدمه أستاذ القيادة المحترف جون أدير في كتابه هذا.
في عصرنا الحالي حيث شوه الإعلام صورة الإسلام وصورة نبي الإسلام وانتشرت قناعات مغلوطة عن الإسلام والمسلمين عند الغرب خصوصا، وجدت هذا الكتاب كشعلة مضيئة تقدم الصورة الحقيقية للنبي ولخلقه وحكمته ورسالته الحقة لجمهور غالبه غير مسلم متعطش للاقتداء بنماذج متميزة من القادة.
في بعض الفصول ابتعد الكاتب عن هدف الكتاب مثل فصل قاطنو الصحراء حيث تحدث بإسهاب عن الجمل ودوره في حياة البدوي وصفاته العديدة ما وجدته إبتعادا لا مبرر له عن فكرة القيادة. يتضح من الكتاب إعجاب الكاتب الكبير بالبدو وصفاتهم ونمط حياتهم فهو قد عاش بينهم لفترة من الزمن وهذا في الغالب ما جعله موضوعيا في دراسته لسيرة النبي ﷺ .
I had high expectations for this book after listening to a talk by the speaker introducing it and after receiving recommendations from friends who had read it before me. Reading it, however, I couldn't help feel a little disappointed. It's a small book (this I knew before I bought it) and, even then, the mention of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and his examples of leadership are few and far between. Each chapter (there are eight) takes one concept of leadership exemplified by Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), elaborates on why it is important and explains how it ties to the Bedouin/Arabian society that Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) lived within. Overall, a great idea for a book and not a bad book, but not quite living up to its potential and my expectation.
The book describes critical leadership traits, extracting them from the life of Muhammad (PBUH) .
How Muhammad (PBUH) grew his leadership skills from being a shepherd and a caravan leader . Learning the skills of achieving a task , by unifying the teams and taking care of their individual needs.
I specially enjoyed the reference and backdrop of Arab culture and values like their hospitality , humility , love for camels and horses . The book also left me wonder how the in past the Arabs having the leadership embedded in their values and culture , yet seek for leadership.
العنوان اكبر بكثير من المضمون كنت انتظر اكثر من الكتاب. الفصل الأخير جيد اما بعض الفصول الاخرى نجد الكاتب يتحدث عن بعض العلماء او الشخصيات بشكل لم يكن مترابط بالنسبة لي على الاقل. لم يكن هناك عمق كافي في الكتاب يركزعلى قيادة النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم مثلا الصفات القيادية و ربطها بالنظريات الأدارية فقط ركز الكاتب على موضوع الراعي و اسقط بعض الاحداث عليها . احترت هل اعطيه نجمة واحدة و نجمتين
This is my second time reading about prophet Muhammad peace be upon him by non Muslim writer. This book is brilliant! I loved the writer's analysis. Too much thoughts are summarize in an elegant way :) Definitely recommend reading. It won't be my last book for the writer.
كتاب ممتاز يركز على جانب معين من سيرة نبينا صلى الله عليه وسلم وهو جانب القيادة. الكاتب متخصص في المجال ياحدث عن خبرة ولديه تاريخ طويل مع العرب وهو يعرف طبائعهم جيدًا وهذا يثري كتابه ويجعله قريبًا جدًا من الواقع.
Overall a good learning experience and knowing something different for a person, whose life provides an example for a Muslim in all matters of life.
The topic of 'leadership' appears to get popularity these days. Number of articles are published in various magazines and professional bodies are arranging workshops and seminars on this topic.
Attending one such workshop arranged by ICAP, I got some recommendations for books to read. One being 'The Messenger: The Meanings of the Life of Muhammad' by Tariq Ramadan. Tried to locate that in Library, but it was borrowed by someone else for the time being. While searching I came across this book, which was fortunately available for borrowing.
A small book of 120 pages, covers different aspects of Prophet's life and what leadership lessons one can get from Prophet. The book has some beautiful parts including much discussed aspect that 'each prophet worked as a shepherd in his life'. The role of shepherd for herd and its linkage with leadership styles has been explained in a convincing way. There are some parts in the book like a long chapter on camel and its utility in desert life, which has nothing to do with the topic, but it does not bore you.