CARDIFF BY THE SEA, Calif.
- May 14, 2020
-- In 1995, Azim Khamisa suffered an irreplaceable loss when his son, Tariq, was the innocent victim of a gang shooting. But instead of seeking revenge, Khamisa sought peace. He reached out to his son's killer to offer him forgiveness and a chance at parole. Since then, he's counseled countless students through the Tariq Khamisa Foundation, a nonprofit organization he founded to prevent violence and provide opportunity among at-risk youth. His twenty-five years of extensive global speaking, books, and media coverage spawned a forgiveness movement that has reached millions.
Now Khamisa calls for a new kind of leader—a satyagrahi leader—to follow in the footsteps of some of the world's most inspiring role models. Building on Mahatma Gandhi's practice of satyagraha, a method of using passive resistance to spark political and social change, satyagrahi leaders balance their ambition with their spirit and use their skills to benefit the larger community. To address society's most daunting challenges, today's leaders need three things: (1) to be brilliant in their professions, (2) to work to create effective, viable, and affordable solutions to societal ills, and (3) have strong moral, ethical, and spiritual values. This triad of competencies is critical to tackling the current degradation of society. As you ponder these attributes, how many leaders come to your mind?
The leaders in this book are of different races, genders, faiths, and nationalities, thus introducing the idea that these distinctions are not important in the development of satyagrahi leaders. You will be surprised that the chosen leaders are not the famous people that may come into your mind. Rather they are rare and relatively unknown heroes who are indeed exemplary of the above competencies and are changing the world. It is Khamisa's hope that the emerging and existing leaders who read their stories will be inspired to emulate these competencies and help move us to a world that is inclusive, compassionate, and one that works for everyone.
Azim is a published author of 5 award-winning books, a thought leader, peace activist, and international inspirational speaker with over 600 keynotes and recipient of over 80 local, regional, and national awards. His story is being made into a full feature Hollywood movie. He has been covered in countless print, radio, and TV media interviews. Azim's TED talk viewed by over 1 million.
For more information visit: www.azimkhamisa.com
"After forgiving his son's killer, Azim Khamisa found purpose in promoting nonviolence and the importance of truth, empathy, compassion, forgiveness, love, service, and community. Certainly, a role model himself, here Azim profiles his own leadership role models—peacemakers all—whose diverse lives have exemplified these values. An inspiring read."
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The New One Minute Manager