Leading with Compassion: Anchoring Leadership Practices in Prophetic Traditions

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Louay Safi, Nov 26, 2008 - Religion - 232 pages
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Compassionate leadership is the legacy of those special individuals who were called upon to transform their communities and to bring hope, enlightenment, and justice to places where despair, confusion, and exploitation became entrenched. Prophets and leaders with prophetic vision provided throughout history the example of compassionate leadership where character, competence, and compassion were combined.
Leading with Compassion draws on the prophetic tradition to outline the type of leadership capable of inspiring communities, empowering their members, and developing traditions that encourage cooperation and mutual support and help. While examples and lessons are drawn from the prophetic tradition and the American Muslim community settings, the book endeavors to develop a model of leadership that transcends specific religious practices and geographical communities. It attempts to outline a leadership model uniquely suited for leading community based organizations, and for transforming practices and conditions so as to make them more inspiring and nurturing. So while the primary beneficiaries of the book are North American Muslims, all those whose main concern is to empower their communities and uplift its spirit and standards can potentially benefit of this work.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Leadership Character Competence and Compassion 1 Discover the Compassionate Leader in You
7
Empower Your Community Empower Yourself
37
Communicate Effectively in Diverse Settings
55
Manage Conflict and Effect Positive Change
81
Think Strategically and Realize Your Full Potential 107 6 The Power of Team Work
131
Attain Excellence by Managing Details
145
Resources for Community Leaders
169
An Ethical Pledge for Community Leaders
171
Model Bylaws for Islamic Centers
173
Guidelines for Best Practices
189
Rules of Order
201
Arbitration Panels and Grievance Procedure
211
Interfaith Dialogue
215
Selected Reading
219
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LOUAY M. SAFI is Executive Director of ISNA Leadership Development Center (ILDC), Plainfield, Indiana. He is a fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and serves on the steering committee of the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. He is the author of eight books, including Tensions and Transitions in the Muslim World, Peace and the Limits of War, and others. He has served as the Executive Director and Director of Research of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, Editor of the Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, and President of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists. Safi taught at Wayne State University, and served as Visiting Professor at George Washington and as Associate Professor of Political Science.

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