The program was presented by Professor Al Hidabi and was attended by a large number of students, youth, businessmen, leaders and teachers. The program extended to 2 days of lectures by the professor and was a part of series of programs intended to cultivate the seeds of leadership qualities in the Somali youth, future leaders and the business community.
Prof. AL-Hidabi is the founder of the University of Science and Technology in Yemen and he was the president of the university from 1994 to 2007. He published more than 140 papers, supervised more than 150 master and Ph.D. theses, and co-authored several textbooks. Currently, he is the editor-in-chief of three academic journals. Al-Hidabi is a member of the editorial boards of several national and international scientific journals. Since 2016, he has been a professor of education at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), where he also works as an assistant to the Deputy Rector of the university. He is the chairman of the Federation of Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW) which is hosted by IIUM. His areas of interest include curriculum development, knowledge integration, strategic planning, and leadership.
In the first day, the professor put an emphasis on the fact that leaders shape, inform and reinforce every aspect of our life and strengthen communities. He, also, explained their ability to unleash tremendous energy towards a shared purpose and foster the capacity for a society to thrive. The roots of leadership are nurtured through a young person’s relationships and life experiences and by conveying the necessary skills and qualities to them. But without Ethics and principles that direct and prevail both in personal actions and interpersonal relations, the whole process will, eventually, be a counterproductive and come to a sticky end, as discussed by the participants with the professor in the first day of the program. Similarly, in the program, lots of things have been discussed including the different definitions of ethical leadership, in general, and the Islamic perspectives regarding Ethics and Leadership, in particular.
On the second day, the professor also emphasized the basic leadership traits and qualities required for every Muslim to keep up and preserve. Good leadership has many definitions for the diversity of cultures and religions in the world. Therefore, leadership based on good morals is subjective among different societies with the different cultures. But given the rules, requirements and values that Islam has set for leadership based on morality, we can say that Ethical Leadership is objective among the Muslim community. He also shed some light on the fact that effective leaders model good human qualities for the people who work for them, including honesty, fairness, straightforwardness, dependability, cooperativeness, determination, imagination, ambition, courage, caring, maturity, loyalty, self-control, and independence.