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9707-THE MIND OF THE FUTURE LEADER

Professor Omar Hasan Kasule Sr.

1.0 FUTURISTIC VISIONS- circa 2020

 

By about 2020 technology will have drastically changed the way people lead and manage for example

 

Bookshops may give way to selling books on line and printeries may not be needed

 

Robots will design and construct buildings

 

Many employees will work at home

 

Information will be so readily available to the common people that government and business will be completely transparent

 

Communication will have become so easy that the world will for the first time become a real global village

 

2.0 FUTUROLOGY

 

The study of futurology is now very important for leaders

 

Futurology studies try to predict changes that will occur based on current trends

 

Methods of futurology: scenario writing, model building, extrapolation

 

Institutions of futurology

                        US: 2000 Committee, Hudson Institute

                        UK: Mankind 2000

                        France: Futuriste

                        Muslim: Institute Of Future Studies in London

 

3.0 ISLAMIC FUTUROLOGY

 

Islam is in the future. Islam is ahead of us. Islam is the future.

 

The Islamic ideals are still way ahead and out of immediate reach for most individuals and communities.

 

Islam calls humanity to come and catch up

 

Working towards the future is moving towards islam

           

Islam will have a major impact on the new world order

 

It is therefore very important that Muslim leaders be future-oriented

 

4.0 GHAIB: THE QUR’ANIC PARADIGM OF THE FUTURE

 

Only allah knows ghaib: 6:73

 

Absolute ghaib: death 31:34, yawm al qiyamat 33:63, 31:34, ruh 17:85

 

Relative ghaib: past: 3:44; present 8:30; future 30:2-4

 

Islamic attitude to the future is positive

 

Studying the future from a perspective of iman

 

Facing the future from a perspective of iman

 

The righteous shall inherit the earth 21:105, 24:55, 28:5-6

                       

5.0 THE CHANGING AND THE STABLE

 

The natural laws (sunan llah fi al kawn) do not change

 

The basic attributes of humans do not change

 

Physical laws do not change; humans know them or do not know them

 

Continuous changes in technology and its applications

 

Changes in social organization

 

Changes of ideology

 

Changes in the environment/ecosystem

 

Changes of culture

 

6.0 THE CYCLE OF CIVILIZATIONS (al dawrat al hadhariyat)

Each civilization has a fixed lifespan (ajal al umam) 7:34, 23:43

 

many factors contribute to the rise and fall of civilisations

 

Islamic civilisation was strong at one time the weakened

 

Ancient civilisations of Egypt, Babylon, Greece, Rome, Persia collapsed

 

The British empire over which the sun could not set collapsed

 

The US is the current superpower; a time will come and it also collapses

 

Future leaders must understand the causes of the rise and fall of civilisations

 

7.0 CHANGING LEADERSHIP ENVIRONMENT

 

Lowering of barriers: information, political and military, cultural and language, distance  and time

 

Computer technology: artificial intelligence, expert systems, decision support systems

 

Workforce: scarcity of skills, independent-minded, desire for more satisfaction from work, little loyalty to organisation, attitude of disrespect for authority, a hedonistic lifestyle (pleasure; no pain)

 

Economic system: well informed consumer, competition among producers will be based on creativity in quality of products and efficiency of service, political/economic spheres will no longer be relevant

 

The ecosystem: degradation, concern about the future of life on earth

 

CHANGING LEADERSHIP STYLES

                                                            1895                1945                1995                2020

directing                                               100%               75%                 50%                 10%

 

coaching                                               5%                   50%                 75%                 95%

 

supporting                                            0%                   10%                 50%                 90%

 

delegating                                             10%                 40%                 75%                 90%

 

NB: The percentages are estimates to illustrate changing trends

 

9.0  CHANGING LEADERSHIP FUNCTIONS AS A RESULT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

 

                                                            1895                1945                1995                2020

Decision-making                                   90%                 90%                 50%                 10%

 

Problem-solving                                    90%                 90%                 50%                 10%

 

Srategy and planning                 5%                   40%                 75%                 95%

 

Organizing                                80%                 50%                 40%                 10%

 

Controlling                                100%               75%                 50%                 10%

 

Evaluation                                 10%                 40%                 60%                 90%

 

Communication             10%                 40%                 70%                 90%

 

Negotiation                               10%                 50%                 80%                 95%

 

Co-ordination                           5%                   30%                 50%                 80%

 

Coaching/training                      10%                 40%                 75%                 80%

 

Motivation                                5%                   30%                 50%                 80%

 

 

10.0 CHANGING MANAGEMENT STYLE

                                                1895                1945                1995                2020

 

Authoritative                             100%               75%                 50%                 20%

 

Participative                              0%                   40%                 70%                 95%

 

 

11.0 THE HUMAN DIMENSION WILL BECOME MORE IMPORTANT

 

People vs  machines & systems

 

Motivation and getting the best out of the worker

 

Importance of the individual 80:1-10, 17:70

           

 

12.0 CREATIVITY WILL BE THE CRITERION OF BEST LEADERSHIP

 

Creativity is the essence of civilizational change (creativity vs fossilization)

 

Creativity is looking at issues from different and new perspectives

 

Creative thinking is: divergent, lateral, imaginative

 

The creative mind is: free un-inhibited, exploratory, prepared

 

The creative personality is: dynamic, non-conformist, autonomous

 

Creativity is both rational & intuitive

 

Qur’anic encourages creativity and condemns blind following 38:8, 43:22-24, 37:69-71

 

13.0 THE KNOWLEDGE DIMENSION

 

Depth & understanding and not only knowing

 

Raw data     intelligence    knowledge    wisdom

 

Euro-centric paradigms of knowledge are failing

 

New paradigms of knowledge: islamisation

 

Objectivity of knowledge (al istiqamat)

 

Understanding human nature: 50:16, 11:10, 100:6-8, 70:19-21, 41:49, 18:54

 

 

14.0 THE CULTURAL DIMENSION

 

Different communities/societies: 11:118, 5:48

 

Different languages and colors 30:22

 

Technology: transfer vs creation

 

Global village vs multi-culturalism

 

New cultural paradigms

 

The English language: success and failure

 

The Arabic language preserved by the qur’an

 

Islam and civilization

Professor Omar Hasan Kasule July 1997