10 leadership lessons from the life of Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah


Hania Tahir
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Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah left an enduring legacy in the shape of Pakistan. We owe our freedom to the great leader, who stopped at nothing, to get Muslims free from the cruel rulers of the sub-continent. By profession, he was a lawyer but he opted politics when he saw the sufferings of the Muslims of the sub-continent. Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah stepped forward as the torchbearer, who gave a new direction to the Indian Muslims; strived them to work hard for their rights. There is much we can learn from the life of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah that can be applied.

Jinnah was a man of his words. The qualities, he possessed, made him a true leader. He lead Muslims of the sub-continent and finally through his endless effort and great leadership, Muslims got an independent country. Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah took an oath as the first Governor General of Pakistan and strived to make it a better country. He was the leader, recognized for his leadership, all over the world. He possessed the attributes of a true figurehead, due to which, he was able to pull off such a big achievement; the formation of a free state.

Do you know: Jinnah started practicing as a barrister, at the age of 20 in Bombay and was the only Muslim barrister in the city (Source: Wikipedia)

If our present leaders will follow Jinnah, in his footsteps, surely, they can make Pakistan, one of the developed and prosperous countries in the world. Let’s have a look at the few qualities, Jinnah possessed as a leader.

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1. Discipline

One of the top qualities Jinnah had, was discipline. Jinnah was never late for any meeting or any official commitment. His famous motto says:

Unity, faith and discipline

This tells the importance of discipline that depicts from his life as well.

2. Determination

Another chief factor that allows a leader to achieve his goal is determination. Jinnah was determined to get a separate homeland and he stopped at nothing to achieve his goal. This kind of attitude;staying determine with your aims, should be adopted by the present leaders of our country, so that our country comes under the list of the best countries around the globe.

3. Man of his words

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was the man of his words; never stepped back from what he said and always supported the right thing without his own interest. The evident fact is, contemporary political figures are only concern with their own benefits and don’t even realize the harm, they are causing to the nation by their false promises and hopes. They really need to walk in the footsteps of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, to become the true leaders.

4. Interest of People

A true leader looks into the interest of his people, just like Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who sought the interest and need of people. He was a great support for the oppressed Muslims, in the British empire. For them, he was the ray of hope in hard times. He truly possessed the leadership traits, that are necessary to supervise the whole nation.

5. Knowledge

How can one preach, if he himself doesn’t have enough knowledge? How can someone lead, if he himself is not equipped with relevant information? Quaid-e-Azam was of the opinion that knowledge was the strongest weapon one could be equipped with. As both politics and education are intermingled with each other so Quaid strived the young students of Muslim League to acquire the knowledge too.

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6. Dignity and self-respect

Our great leader never compromised over dignity. A small incident that occurred in the court of laws, when Quaid took out a monocle from his pocket, instead of bending to get the one that fell, shows that he valued self-respect. It’s the substantial lesson that our dear founding father gave us, everyone should follow it.

7. Professionalism

Personal life should never effect profession. Muhammad Ali Jinnah proved it on the demise of his wife. He got really sad but he did not let his feeling to ride over his work. This one is also a precious rule of his true leadership.

8. A good listener

A good leader is the one who listens to everyone and makes his decision accordingly. Quaid-e-Azam was a man of his words but never a dictator. He listened to what others had to say, gave importance to every person’s view.This very thing is completely ignored nowadays and that’s the reason behind our failure in different domains.

9. Patience

Muhammad Ali Jinnah had a great level of tolerance throughout his leadership. He had never let the cruel attitude of others, to effect his judgement. He was also in favour of tolerance towards the minorities and always showed respect towards them. He treated everyone equally.

10. Hard Work

Hard work is the key to success. Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s life portrays the true picture of it. As it was through his endless effort and hard work that he got a separate homeland for the Indian Muslims. Our leaders need to work hard to achieve a high rank for our country.

Current Pakistani leadership lacks the qualities of competent leaders like Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, that is why we are facing such times of crisis. Our political leaders need to look up to the life of great leaders and should try to obey their golden rules of life.

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