Said Nursi: Six Educational Leadership Lessons

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Said Nursi is a twentieth century scholar who provided educational leadership at a time when his country was in dire need of such leadership. Turkey was enduring hardships such as World War I and then World War II, while feeling the brunt of significant educational, political, religious and legal reforms. Nursi’s contribution was through his written work, the Risale-i Nur (Treatise of Light), as well as through his own life. When Nursi’s life and written work is considered, six leadership lessons can be identified: 1) Be open to changing your leadership strategy; 2) Focus on the priorities; 3) Use analogies to strengthen your message; 4) Share your struggles with your followers; 5) Instil hope in individuals; and 6) Advise yourself before you advise others. These leadership lessons continue to be relevant today, especially in educational leadership since Nursi was first and foremost an educator.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreat Muslim Leaders: Lessons for Education
EditorsMelanie C Brooks, Miriam D Ezzani
PublisherInformation Age Publishing
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9798887301839
ISBN (Print)9798887301815, 9798887301822
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2023


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