YBhg Prof Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Senior Member of ICIFE Eminent International Advisory Board who is the President of International Association of Universities (IAU) and Chairman of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) led a team of facilitators (which include ICIFE Director Dr Haji Zulkifly Baharom) conducted a 3-day (31 October – 02 November 2016) residential training program for 20 selected public and private university leaders at the Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT) in Bandar Enstek.
The objective of this training program is to offer a balanced leadership model (BLM) to better meet the demands and challenges of academic leaders in the 21st century. The emphasis BLM comes into being with respect to leadership theory in that the “self” takes a meaningful role in asserting the harmonious balance and internalized by leader before projecting it outwards or externally to the followers (or the governed) in a secondary way. BLM is an inside-out process giving greater latitude to the dimensions of the intangibles – be it values, ethics or morality – as the concept of leadership evolves to mitigate the crisis-prone 21st century characterized by a widening deficit in embracing intangible values.
Thus, dwelling deeper into Justice in Islam takes a particular orientation of this BLM training. It is part of the traits that constitute the branch of Wisdom. Courage, and Temperance in a perfect balance. In fact, according to the celebrated scholar, philosopher and leader Imam al-Ghazali (450-505H), known as Algazel or Algazelus in the west that “All human traits constitute branches of Wisdom, Courage, Temperance and Justice and a perfectly just equilibrium in these four has been attained by no one but the emissary of Allah; other people are of divergent degrees of proximity and distance from them.”