Why Archangel Gabriel was selected to bring the revelations to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)?
In Sura Takwir (81:19-21):
Allah describes Archangel, Archangel Gabriel’s (or Jabraeel) (A.S.) features and attributes. These features are also a message to us in selecting leaders or managers. These Features are:
By mentioning these features Allah is giving us a lesson in management. The capable managers and leaders that you select should have these attributes or features too:
Looking into these attributes closely and complementing them with the verses in the Holy Quran (Specifically when Archangel Gabriel appeared before Prophet Abraham), one cannot help noticing that a certain style of management is being stressed and preferred. This style of management is called “Servant Leadership”. By definition; “Servant leaders focus on providing increased services to others-meeting goals of both the community and organization-rather than themselves” (Robert K. Greenleaf: The servant as Leader-1970). These leaders pose certain characteristics. They are:
Now lets us examine, what I believe, the most important characteristic of a leader /or manager. That is Credibility.
When we look at the credibility we should view it in two different point of views; first the 4 cores of credibility and second the behaviors of highly trusted leaders.
The 4 cores of credibility are:
Both capabilities and results are matter of competence. When you are labeled as a competent leader or manager that means that you demonstrated your capabilities effectively in the past, produced results, and there is a good chance that you will do so in the future.
The behaviors can be viewed based on either character or competency only, or combined character and competency.
The character Behaviors are:
The competence behaviors are:
The Character and Competency behaviors are:
Servant leadership offers hope and guidance for human development and for creation of better, more caring, and nurturing institutions.
As you can see the Holly Quran in these three short verses is teaching us; how to select a leader or to be one. What else can we find in Holly Quran? We know that it covers 1000 subjects. These subjects includes Science, Medicine, Psychology, Astronomy, Law, … etc. It is a roadmap to better living and following the straight path to Allah.