An Islamic Perspective on Leadership: Qur’anic World View on the Qualities of Leaders

By Kasim Randeree.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Leadership as a topic can be studied from many different viewpoints including political, military, social, religious or corporate. This paper aims to provide scholars with an analysis of a religious perspective on corporate and social leadership. The paper focuses on Qur’anic scripture in relation to the qualities of leaders from an Islamic viewpoint and the scripture’s applicability to contemporary views on leadership. This work further examines leadership and its importance and growing role in the culturally diverse globalised economy. The intensification of debate between civilisations with divergent views on a plethora of issues has placed a spotlight on Islam and prompted a need for dialogue. This paper thus addresses the topic of leadership, with a view to continuing the discourse amongst scholars seeking to learn from the richness of Islamic history. This paper considers both cultural variance and the Islamic view of leadership and presents an evaluation on the qualities leaders in Islam and their applicability to contemporary society. The work draws on a variety of resources with a centralised focus on Qur’anic scripture to understand individuals mentioned therein relevant to Judeo-Christian and Islamic history.

Keywords: Islam, Leadership, Globalisation, Civilisation, Culture, Qualities

Global Studies Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.197-210. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.277MB).

Dr. Kasim Randeree

Lecturer, Faculty , Business, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Oxford University Research Fellow at the BT Centre for Major Programme Management, Said Business School, University of Oxford. Research interests in leadership, organisation studies, project and programme management, corporate reputation, multiculturalism and diversity in the Arabian Gulf region and Islamic perspectives on leadership and management. Academic career includes Visiting Lecturer in Project Management at The University of Manchester (UK); Lecturer in Project Management at The British University in Dubai (UAE), United Arab Emirates University (UAE) and University of Lincoln (UK); Adjunct Professor at the American University in Dubai (UAE) and Assistant Lecturer at the University of Hull (UK). Over 100 published articles in international journals and conferences and editorial responsibilities with five international publications. Member of the Association of Project Managers and the Institute for Leadership and Management.

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