QALB-Guided Leadership for Academic Leaders

About Research

The research ‘The Nature and Functions of Qalb in Leadership: An Investigation of The Integration of Naqli and Aqli Knowledge-Based for Global Leaders’ is a study conducted by researchers from Qalb Leadership in Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) together with the Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT).

The research demonstrates Qalb-Leadership framework aims to bridge the existing gaps in nurturing morally balanced and responsible human beings. This proposal uses the Arabic term qalb (the heart) as explained by al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi (d. 320 H) in Al-bayan al-farq bayn al-ṣadr wa-al-qalb wa-al-fu’ād wa-al-lubb or The Explanation of the Difference Between the Chest, the Heart, the Inner Heart and the Intellect. Qalb has a definite meaning as an immaterial intellectual spiritual substance located inside the human being. It is a specific characteristic that differentiates humankind from animals. Qalb reflects the meaning and pattern of leadership and is endowed with the ability to conceptualise, grasp, reflect and influence one’s thinking and behaviour. It occupies a central position in the human body, and can be nurtured and made immaculate through true knowledge, the right practices, skills and training.

Research Objectives
I.    To explore the meaning and the characteristics of leadership from the Islamic perspective.
II.   To investigate the relationship of qalb and leadership.
III. To investigate the nature and functions of qalb which contribute to the practice of effective leadership.
IV.  To investigate the association of qalb and leadership that forms the theoretical basis of effective and sustainable leadership for the benefits of global leaders.
V.   To propose a new comparative framework of leadership for global leaders.

Research Outputs

I.    Publication of Qalb-Based Leadership Module for Higher Education Leaders
•    Publication of Qalb-Based Leadership Module: A Reference Index.
•    Development of training materials for Malaysia Higher Education Leadership Academy – AKEPT.
•    Development of Qalb-Based Leadership framework and measures.

II.    Series of Leadership Talks and Trainings at AKEPT
The Qalb-Based Leadership research members in collaboration with AKEPT will organise a series of Islamic Leadership talks at the agency. The talks or seminars will be used as platforms for researchers to gather feedback from participants and thoughts from scholars in the field.

III.    Publication of LEADER Magazine
The magazine is a semi-academic magazine to be published three times a year in February, June and October by the Faculty of Leadership and Management, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). This publication is a part of the effort to spread wings in publishing and writing which focus on Islamic Leadership and leadership for public reading. In addition, the publication of this magazine can deploy complete information concerning the different figures highlighted in each issue of the magazine.

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