Here is your weekly Friday High Five! And a list of what I’m enjoying or pondering.
What I’m reading —
11 Leadership Qualities that Changed The World by Nabil Al-Azami.
I like the simple and practical way that the book is laid out and presented.
The publishers website says “There is a hadith that says that every one of us is a shepherd for our flock. This profound statement by Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) compels us to recognise that we are all leaders at some level. But what makes someone a good leader? And how does each and everyone of us measure up against the leadership standards set by the Prophet? This book presents a well researched leadership framework combined with extensively applied contemporary practitioner case studies for the first time to readers interested in a seerah (prophetic life) based universal model for good leadership. Drawing upon scholarly findings from eastern and western sources, and having examined an extensive range of works on seerah, an original framework of eleven prophetic leadership qualities are presented with an entire chapter devoted to each.”
Something making me really happy —
For 2 weeks in a row it is Coco Gauff. This 7.12 min video by No Days Off shows her family's commitment to Coco’s tennis. It is an extraordinary story of a mother who realised she should homeschool Coco in order to support her talent, and a team that is around her, supporting her to become the extraordinary athlete that she is already showing the world.
The video has too many lessons to share so please watch it!
Where I’ve been all week —
I attended the annual conference of The British and Irish Association for Practical Theology for the 5th time. This time I was very honoured to delivered a workshop titled “What effect do cultures, ethnicities, genders, religions, and socio-economics have on Practical Theology?” Some of the giants of practical theology attended my workshop and I was super shocked and amazed at the feedback they gave.
Practical Theology is simply the study of the lived experience of religious people, and I find it fascinating. I am going to start blogging and a podcast in this area so if you have any questions please let me know!
Quote I’m pondering —
“This is my charge to everyone. We have to be better. We have to love more. Hate less. We got to listen more and talk less. We got to know that this is everybody’s responsibility. Every single person here. Every single person who’s not here. Every single person who doesn’t want to be here. Every single person who agrees and doesn’t agree. It’s our responsibility to make this world a better place.” -- Megan Rapinoe
What I’ve written this week —
And, as always, please give me feedback on Twitter. Which highfive above is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Other suggestions? Let me know! Just send a tweet to @SaiyyidahZaidi and put #HighFive at the end so I can find it.
Have a wonderful weekend,
P.S. — I’m going to be writing my Q&A blog later today so please send me your questions. Anything on human potential, high performance, coaching, mentoring, positive psychology, practical theology… anything. If I can answer it I will. But be quick, I will be writing my Q&A in about 2 hours and we need the questions in before then. (Try and keep it to less than 50 words!).
Ma salaama for now.